Gary Neville defends Arsenal’s performance in defeat to Liverpool Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link749Shares Advertisement Advertisement Neville felt there were plenty of positives for Arsenal to build on (Picture: Getty)‘I know it’s still a defeat but psychologically, I think even those Arsenal fans are still there, there have been times in the past when they’ve been walking out of here with 15-20 minutes to go, that’s not the case today.‘It sounds a little patronising when you’re a club as big as Arsenal to say there are positives when you’ve lost 3-1 but they are playing against a really good side. And I think this performance from Arsenal today will win a lot of away games this season.’After Torreira’s goal he added: ‘I think that’s a big, big goal that for Arsenal. It won’t get them anything out of the game, but it demonstrates a character and a personality that they’re going to keep going. It’s a good moment for Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The former Manchester United defender believes there were plenty of positives (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has defended Arsenal’s display against Liverpool despite suffering another heavy defeat at Anfield and believes they will win plenty of matches with that level of performance.The Gunners were ripped apart as Joel Matip scored from a corner and Mohamed Salah netted twice in a 3-1 win – the second finishing a brilliant team move – before substitute Lucas Torreira netted a late consolation goal.Arsenal have now failed to win on their last seven visits to Anfield, conceding 25 goals in the process, but Neville felt this performance was markedly different from previous implosions. Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the season (Picture: Getty)Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports while Arsenal still had a three-goal lead, he explained: ‘It’s difficult when you lose 3-0, it feels like you’ve taken a bit of a doing to take positives from it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But it feels like a… positive 3-0 defeat, if you could argue that. I’ve seen things today from Arsenal that I quite like.‘They are playing against a brilliant team, let’s be clear. They pushed Manchester City right to the end last season, a monstrous amount of points, and obviously won the Champions League, so we’re talking about one of the best in Europe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And that’s told today but from an Arsenal point of view we’re talking about building block by block. And I don’t mind what I’ve seen. Arsenal fans behind the goal might see it differently travelling back to London having lost 3-0. But I think over the season it will bear out that they will do okay.‘It’s the manner of the performance sometimes with Arsenal in the past we’ve been critical of. I’ve not seen that today, they are still going, they’ve not left anything in the changing room, it’s all out there on the pitch.
Arsenal have confirmed Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will leave the club once their contracts expire at the end of the month. All three were expected to depart the Emirates this summer after dropping out of the first-team picture under manager Arsene Wenger. “Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will leave the club when they come to the end of their contracts on June 30, and Arsenal would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution and wish them well for the future,” a club statement read. Russia international Arshavin arrived in north London to considerable fanfare in February 2009 after proving instrumental in Zenit St Petersburg’s victorious UEFA Cup campaign in 2007/08, and then impressing an even wider audience with his displays at Euro 2008. The 32-year-old forward went on to make 144 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 31 times, including all four goals in Arsenal’s thrilling 4-4 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in April 2009. Arshavin’s star quickly waned, however, and he was eventually farmed out on loan back to Zenit at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. He was welcomed back into the Arsenal fold ahead of last season but went on to make just 11 appearances in all competitions. Brazilian midfielder Denilson, 25, leaves after 156 appearances for the Gunners between 2006 and 2011. He has spent the last two seasons on loan at Sao Paulo. France defender Squillaci, 32, departs three years after joining from Sevilla, during which time he made just 23 league appearances. Press Association
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