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Gary Neville: Monumental if Mikel Arteta could disrupt Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp dominance

Arsenal within two points of leaders Liverpool after thumping West Ham; Neville has called for the Gunners to stop sapping their energy by over celebrating victories

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Gary Neville says Arsenal have a really good shot at the title if they can stay composed and controlled following big wins in the Premier League

It would be a “monumental” feat if Mikel Arteta wins the Premier League and breaks the Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp period of dominance, says Gary Neville.

Declan Rice's long-range goal capped a stunning demolition of his former side West Ham as Arsenal claimed a 6-0 win at the London Stadium.

The extraordinary victory, Arsenal's biggest in a Premier League away game, puts the Gunners level with second-placed Manchester City on goal difference, maintaining their title hopes following last Sunday's win over Liverpool.

Neville, speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, admitted he wants to see Arsenal go all the way this season and that it would be good for the Premier League if the Manchester City and Liverpool era of dominance was broken.

He said: "For Arteta to break Klopp and Guardiola would be huge for the Premier League - we want disruption.

"Manchester City have been incredible, Guardiola is a genius and Klopp is the best manager over the last six years having worked against Guardiola with the resources that's he had. If Arteta could drive through the middle of them it would be monumental. I can't wait for the next three months. I want them to be controlled. To be determined. And to know there is a long way to go."

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against West Ham in the Premier League

Arsenal were criticised by Jamie Carragher following their win over Liverpool for over-celebrating, with Carragher saying: "You've won a game - get down the tunnel."

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It was a debate that raged on during the build-up to Arsenal's game with West Ham and Neville has called on the Gunners to tone down the hype of their post-match celebrations in order to reserve emotional energy for the run-in.

He added: "There has been lots of jokes made this week about over-celebrating, but it's a serious topic.

"Emotion and passion can sap energy, particularly if you are over-enthusiastic.

"From someone that is qualified in these kinds of things, if you use up too much emotion and are overhyped, it does sap energy.

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Sky Sports News' James Savundra and Nick Wright take a deep dive into how Arsenal picked apart West Ham in their 6-0 thrashing of the Hammers at the London Stadium

"Against Bournemouth last season - about 10-12 games out - Zinchenko was screaming at the fans in his car 120 minutes after full-time. If you're using up that level of emotion, imagine what we aren't seeing. You can read into the impact of that heightened feeling. Arsenal have got a great chance - they've got a great team, a great manager, the back four are solid, the midfield are strong and the front players are such a threat.

"When you score a goal, celebrate for your life, but at the end of the game, treat it as if it's one game down. Keep that control of getting the job done. They need to manage the last few months of the season really well and focus on the job."

"They are the team that are closest to Man City. Liverpool have a great manager but I feel Arsenal are a better team. There is so much energy and passion at Arsenal, that's great, but we're now entering into a run-in. When you think of Floyd Mayweather and Muhammad Ali - boxers who used to call it on with their enthusiasm.

"They were so great they could do it. Arsenal aren't in that position to be like that. It's helped them that they've not been in front and had no pressure or expectation. They need to sit there, sit there, sit there, and pounce at the end. That's how they'll need to win the league. Last season I never thought they'd win the league, this year they can. They have more control. I'm feeling it for them."

Neville: Rice a rare player | Keane: He makes a huge difference for Arsenal

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All angles of Declan Rice's superb strike against West Ham, which completed the Gunners' 6-0 win over the Hammers

Neville was also full of praise for Declan Rice after the England midfielder grabbed a goal and two assists for the Gunners against his former side West Ham.

"Rice is a very rare player," Neville told Sky Sports.

"When I played, you had Roy Keane, Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira, players who had power and force to go and get their foot in and take the ball off players.

"Rice has about him. He gets to players so quickly and he makes up that ground with those long strides. He's an animal in there.

"He's a force in the middle of the park and it is something that is so rare."

Declan Rice with a muted celebration after scoring Arsenal's sixth goal against former club West Ham
Image: Rice with a muted celebration after scoring Arsenal's sixth goal against his former club

Neville also believes Rice's presence for Arsenal means they can play Jorginho, who produced a man-of-the-match display against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago.

"Rice's presence also allows Arsenal to play Jorginho, who can bring real composure in big games. Rice has the legs that can cover for Jorginho's lack of legs.

"There were a couple of times last season when Jorginho was playing where he just looked too slow.

"It's a bit like that with Casemiro at Manchester United. He's better with Kobbie Mainoo alongside him. Earlier in the season, he was in there on his own alongside Mason Mount and Bruno Fernandes and it looked like he couldn't get across midfield.

"For Arsenal, with Rice there, you always feel he will get to where he needs to be on the pitch.

"Vieira was like that for Arsenal for years. They just cover the ground so well and it was unbelievable what he used to be able to do."

Keane: Rice will have to play big part for arsenal to win title

Arsenal’s Declan Rice assisted two goals in a Premier League game for the first time in his career, with today being his 228th game in the competition. With his second half strike, it was also the first time he’s been directly involved in 3+ goals in a Premier League match
Image: Rice assisted two goals in a Premier League game for the first time in his career

Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane believes Arsenal are more equipped to win the title this season because of Rice.

"Players like Declan, with that physical presence in there, he makes a big difference," Keane told Sky Sports.

"The quality we've seen from set-pieces and the goals they've scored, particularly against West Ham, also make a big difference.

"It's always really important for any of the top teams to be good at set-pieces. Liverpool are good at it and so are City.

"Set-pieces are a huge part of football and we saw that again for Arsenal at West Ham. Rice gets the ball into a good area and you've got big strong players attacking it.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says it was great to make history as his side recorded their joint-biggest margin of victory in an away Premier League game and their biggest under the Spaniard with a 6-0 victory against West Ham

"Rice is going to have a big part to play for Arsenal to win the title," Keane added.

"He plays every week. You cannot underestimate that. He's available to the manager week in, week out, as he was at West Ham too. He's a big player for Arsenal and he's not missing two or three games here or there. He's always there.

"We've obviously seen his quality with set piece delivery and his goal, but it is his physical presence that makes a big difference.

"When you are having an off day, it's nice for a team to be able to look up and see that they've got some big, strong boys who can get them over the line when they are not quite at their best."

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