Neville says Mikel Arteta ‘flickers between getting a good job and being under pressure’ at Arsenal

Gary Neville says Mikel Arteta ‘flip-flops between’ [doing] a good job and under pressure’ after Everton defeat… but blames Arsenal’s older players and lack of ‘characters’

  • Everton picked a stoppage time winner to beat Arsenal at Goodison Park
  • It was an important test for Arsenal, who have lost three of their last four games
  • Mikel Arteta has had a roller coaster season and is under pressure again
  • Gary Neville sympathizes, but believes the Spaniard is treading a thin line


Mikel Arteta looks shaky on his tightrope again after a crushing defeat to Everton, and Gary Neville blames Arsenal’s lack of experience and personality.

The Gunners led Monday night at Goodison Park via Martin Odegaard, but as the home crowd roared to life in the Toffees, Arsenal faded, before Richarlison equalized and Demarai Gray’s screamer won it after 92 minutes.

Arteta’s men have fallen to seventh place in the Premier League due to the defeat, their third in four games. Just a month ago, they were on an eight-game undefeated streak with wins in the North London derby, at Leicester and the home of Aston Villa.

Mikel Arteta saw Arsenal lose their third of four games at Goodison Park on Monday

Arsenal went ahead with a strike from Martin Odegaard but fell to a damaging 2-1 defeat to Everton

Arsenal went ahead with a strike from Martin Odegaard but fell to a damaging 2-1 defeat to Everton

“He oscillates between doing a good job and being under pressure, there is no in-between,” Neville told Sky Sports after the late Everton winner.

“If you look at the average age of the squad, if you go to Old Trafford or Goodison Park, some players will not have experienced it often and it’s tough.

“I remember my first few games at Anfield or Highbury, you need really good experienced players to get you through those tough moments.

“You need comfort there and that backbone to be really strong and the older players at Arsenal aren’t really huge characters or huge leaders, they don’t get the young players through those tough moments in the game and the young players kind of go down. .” , which is natural.

Gary Neville lashes out at Arsenal's older players for failing to guide their younger team through

Gary Neville lashes out at Arsenal’s older players for failing to get their younger side through

Demarai Gray scored a sensational winner as Arsenal missed big chances and lacked spirit

Demarai Gray scored a sensational winner as Arsenal missed big chances and lacked spirit

“There is a lot of talent there and the young players are not the problem, the problem is the direction and the standards around them. Arteta doesn’t have that as a young manager.’

Everton had fallen back to 16th place on Monday night after an alarming streak of eight wins without a win that turned the heat on former Red Rafa Benitez up, and it represents a missed opportunity for the Gunners.

Jamie Carragher added: ‘I thought they lacked a bit of spice at Old Trafford, which maybe you can understand.

“They just lost tonight by the spirit of a team, there is no real quality in the Everton team. Everton won that on enthusiasm and the crowd.

“That was a bad night for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal for where they are trying to get. It was worrying how they lost, not the result.’

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