Gary Neville: 'Diego Simeone right fit for Arsenal'

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24 April, 2018

"I prefer to finish the season well and I hope that [it will end] with a trophy".

They have finally got their way, but the 68-year-old has admitted how their protests was hurtful for the image of the club.

They could well have been forced to stomach a first LaLiga loss at their new home had Betis midfielder Javi Garcia made the most of two clear chances either side of half-time.

"We have to give him all the tools so that he's inclined to continue improving here, when he has to decide".

Listen to the latest edition of the Gary Neville podcast as the Sky Sports pundit reflects on Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal and Man City's 5-0 win over Swansea. So they have to have a manager who can punch above their weight, and the outstanding candidate for me is Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. It is a privilege to occupy second place in the Spanish league and tomorrow we will be up against a team who are playing exceptionally well; they've won their last six games and they're growing as team. £150m, £200m ploughed into the team each season.

'If you're going to compete with that, you have to have an outstanding manager to do so, and Simeone is that manager in Europe at this time'. He has continually done it.

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Arsenal should attempt to prise Diego Simeone away from Atletico Madrid in the view of Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

The half should have ended on a much brighter note for the visitors as they twice went close to breaking the deadlock, Ryad Boudebouz drawing a sharp near-post save from Jan Oblak before an untracked Garcia wastefully fired the wrong side of the upright.

Simeone has certainly proven he is a fantastic manager.

Barcelona remains the overwhelming favorite to win La Liga, leading Atletico by 11 points.

Some are keen to see Simeone join the club after proving his credentials as a manager, but others are unsure due to his negative style of football.


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