Global Sports : Nev: Arsenal Can Progress

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Gary Neville believes it is time Arsenal imposed their fluent and attractive style of play on the biggest stage of all – their Champions League last-16 tie at Monaco.
The Gunners travel to the Principality with a two-goal deficit to overturn after their calamitous 3-1 defeat at the Emirates in the first-leg of their tie against the Ligue 1 side.
West Ham were put to the sword in the Premier League by Arsene Wenger’s side on Saturday, a performance which prompted Neville to brand the North Londoners’ style of play as the best in the division.
Despite this, the Sky Sports pundit believes they are overdue a decent European performance, and he believes their chances of progression will be determined by their ability to replicate their impressive league displays.
“Arsenal’s result against West Ham is what they do. I was at the Emirates two weeks ago when they played Aston Villa and they destroyed them,” he told Monday Night Football.
“The football they play is absolutely brilliant, it’s the best football in the country in terms of passing against a team at home who are struggling.
“It is some of the best football you will see and you could say their performance against West Ham was a typical performance. That’s a massive compliment to them that they can play football like that regularly.
“But on Tuesday night, they are playing Monaco away in the Champions League and we’ve got to see it then.
“They have the capabilities of turning the tie around but they need to go and play the football we saw on Saturday. You expect Arsenal to do what they did to West Ham to similar teams at home, they have been doing it for many years.
“But Tuesday night is where it will really count against a team that are shrewd, have more quality, and are a Champions League team.
“Arsenal were really poor in the game a couple of weeks ago and Tuesday is the real test to see whether they can play that attractive brand of football in a really big match.”
Despite fancying Arsenal’s chances of progression to the quarter-finals of the Champions League over those of Manchester City, Neville concluded the Premier League’s two remaining sides would ultimately be eliminated.
“Arsenal have the better chance of progressing in the Champions League,” he added.
“That is because Chelsea beat Barcelona in Barcelona a few years ago but it felt like a freak result.
“Barca are so difficult to play against on their own patch. How many times have they been beaten at home in the Champions League over the last few years? Not many.
“My honest opinion is that neither will go through and both will go out.

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