Gary Neville thinks Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle United is a ‘bad one’ – and compared it to Manchester United losing to Villarreal.
Arsenal went to Newcastle on Monday night knowing they simply had to win at St James’ Park.
Tottenham Hotspur had piled the pressure on by beating Arsenal 3-0 last week and then beating Burnley 1-0 on Sunday.
Arsenal fell flat on Tyneside as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat.
Ben White’s own goal gave Newcastle the lead before Bruno Guimaraes – an Arsenal target for so long – swooped in to make it 2-0.
Arsenal just had no response, no life, no chance as Newcastle coasted to victory.
Gary Neville thinks Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle United is a ‘bad one’
From four points ahead of Tottenham to two points behind, this has been a truly dismal week or so for Arsenal.
Arsenal now need to beat Everton on the final day of the season and hope – or rather pray – for a favour from already-relegated Norwich City against Tottenham.
Even with Tottenham’s history of ‘bottling’ games, that doesn’t seem very likely.
Arsenal have still progressed under Mikel Arteta this season but the campaign will feel like a failure after coming so close.
Ian Wright feels that Arsenal overachieved just by being in this position and it’s hard to argue against that.
It’s abundantly clear that Arsenal’s squad depth just isn’t quite there at the moment and some more big recruits are needed this summer.
This isn’t just one defeat in the eyes of Gary Neville though and it may actually have long-lasting ramifications.
The money aspect is of course hugely important but Neville thinks the mental impact could be huge.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville suggested that this defeat reminded him of Manchester United losing the Europa League final to Villarreal last year.
United lost to Villarreal on penalties and ended up having a truly dismal season this term, potentially scarred by that defeat in Poland.
Neville feels the Arsenal body language was very telling and this 2-0 loss at Newcastle is ‘more than just a defeat’ to the Gunners.
“It’s a bad one,” said Neville. “I remember Manchester United losing that Europa League final against Villarreal and thinking that it was more than just a defeat in the final. Those Arsenal players’ body language at the end tells you that it’s more than just a defeat, it’s a big one for them,” he added.
In other news, Tottenham fans will love what Newcastle crowd sang to Arsenal during 2-0 win