Neville singles out Zinchenko for ’emotional over-celebrating’ after Arsenal star was ‘tooting his horn 15 games out’

GARY NEVILLE accused Arsenal of “over-celebrating” victories and claimed their players were “too emotional” before their title collapse.

The Sky Sports pundit, who has been accused by Gunners legend Martin Keown of being “biassed” against the North London club, has been adamant for months that it would be Manchester City that would be crowned Premier League champions.

instagram: @v.lada_sefdanOleksandr Zinchenko went viral as he geed up Arsenal fans outside a pub from his car[/caption]

AlamyHe always pulled the players in for a huddle after they went two goals down to Southampton[/caption]

Sunday’s shock 3-0 home defeat to Brighton has left Arsenal’s title dream in tatters.

City will be champions if the Gunners lose their next game at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Even if Arsenal win their two remaining games, City will still win the league if they win at home to Chelsea next Sunday.

Mikel Arteta’s side have been in top spot for the majority of the campaign and even had an eight-point lead just weeks ago.

But Neville, who has already revealed seven reasons why Arsenal have failed, has now continued his crusade on explaining where it all went wrong.

Manchester United legend Neville, who won the league eight times during his playing days, used the viral social media clip of Oleksandr Zinchenko beeping his car horn and shouting “come on” while driving past fans following the 4-1 win over Crystal Palace in March as a prime example.

Speaking on Sky’s Monday Night Football, he said: “I always doubted whether this Arsenal team [could win the title], just looking at some of the things that were happening.

“The over-celebrations against Aston Villa [after the 4-2 win in February]. I look at little things that might look a little bit harsh – Zinchenko celebrating an hour after the game with the fans outside and screaming.


“You want your leaders in the team, who have been there before to spread composure around the dressing room and calm everybody down. You don’t want them to lift the anxiety, lift the emotion.”

A fan then tweeted Neville saying: “There are reasons Arsenal’s results have dipped but I don’t think Zinchenko tooting his car horn at some Arsenal fans is among them.”

He erroneously said the Zinchenko video emerged after the 3-2 victory over Bournemouth rather than the Palace win, but the fan pointed out both results came in a seven-game winning run.

Neville then replied: “If he was tooting his horn 15 games out after beating Bournemouth, calling huddles 6 games out v the bottom of the league [the 3-3 draw with Southampton last month].

“I’m filling in the blanks of what was going on behind the scenes!!! I’ve seen it before from emotional teams!

“The experience I’m talking from isn’t just from winning titles! I lost 4/5 title races as well.

“Some emotions aren’t positive ones for a group even if they look it!”

GettyGary Neville has been highlighting reasons why Arsenal’s title dream exploded[/caption]

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