Gary Neville calls out 'spineless' Arsenal during Carabao Cup final commentary
Last Updated: 26/02/18 7:38am
Gary Neville called Arsenal's players "spineless" and "an absolute disgrace" on commentary as Manchester City won the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
Premier League leaders City went ahead early on through Sergio Aguero after he easily out-muscled Shkodran Mustafi, before Vincent Kompany made it 2-0 in the 58th minute and David Silva put the game beyond Arsenal's reach with a third goal in the 65th minute.
Neville was critical of Arsenal's attitude following City's third goal and he did not hold back in his assessment.
He said: "In the minute before that goal, I mentioned the walking of the Arsenal players, and then the retreating runs of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka, ambling, jogging back - an absolute disgrace they are, an absolute disgrace.
"Walking on a football pitch at Wembley, giving up, spineless.
"And look at that [camera cuts to child crying], that's what you cause. All a fan wants to see is a player running, as fast as he can, as hard as he can, and they're walking around on a football pitch.
"City have played properly, that's all they had to do, to walk through this Arsenal team. The precision that you expect from this Man City team was there.
"I have to say, I'm struggling to come up with words now to describe this Arsenal pattern, this engrained, embedded pattern that we've seen.
"I've not really liked their defending for a long time, I've not really liked their leadership, the character, and the spirit on the pitch, but you've always liked the football - I don't even like the football anymore. The last bastion has gone.
"It's not even a team that plays good football. Liverpool play better, Tottenham play better, Manchester City play better. There are three or four teams that play better football than them now."
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