Gary Neville accuses Arsenal players of forming "little mafia" against Liverpool
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Gary Neville accuses Arsenal players of forming "little mafia" against Liverpool

Gary Neville has accused some Arsenal players of forming a "little mafia" during the Gunners' 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, and has indicated that Mikel Arteta will need to pass them on if the club is to succeed.

Arsenal were defeated 3-0 by Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday, with forward players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe disappointing Neville.

None of the home side's front six, including Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Dani Ceballos, and Thomas Partey, did not convince the former Manchester United full-back.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said: "We don't know what goes on behind the scenes at Arsenal, but I have to say there's a few of those players in the front part of the pitch who looked like a little mafia against Liverpool.

"It looked like a group of players who weren't comfortable, like there was a disconnect between them and the manager. The manager looked like he'd had enough of them. He had that glazed-eye look.

"It's instinct, but we've been around football for long enough to know when a group of players are disinterested."

Neville went on to say that these players may be a problem for Mikel Arteta, preventing him from becoming a good manager in North London.

"He's not going to be able to implement his plan unless those players from Saturday decide to start playing for them, or he gets rid of them. I doubt the first option because something didn't feel right. I came away feeling there were real issues with a group of those players," he added.

Arsenal are currently in 10th place in the Premier League, nine points behind Chelsea in fifth, and will need a string of positive results to qualify for Europe at the end of the season.

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