Gary Neville reveals he has ‘loved’ watching Spurs fixture since he retired

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Gary Neville has claimed he has ‘loved’ watching Tottenham and Arsenal play in the North London Derby since he retired and started to work for Sky Sports. 

The latest edition of the derby failed to disappoint for the neutral, as Arsenal claimed bragging rights with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. 

The Gunners raced into a 3-0 lead within 35 minutes, while Heung-min Son added what was only to be a conciliation for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. 

Former Manchester United defender Neville became a pundit in 2011, and he admitted he had never watched the fixture live until he retired from football. 

He was watching on from the stands at the Emirates and stated he enjoyed the ‘tension and edge’ of the clash during his commentary. 

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, he said: “I had never seen this game before, in my life, live. Until I finished at Manchester United and came to work with you at Sky.

“And I have loved this game for ten years. I have always felt that this has been a game with tension and edge. There has been something on it and it has been a really good game to commentate on.”

The derby in the past has, at times, seen both sides wilt during the pressure and intensity, and Neville feels the Spurs players let the occasion get to them. 

He added: “But it can also highlight when teams are going under a little bit. I felt that Tottenham team, in that first half, went under.”

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The North London Derby has always lived up to expectation regardless of both sides’ form and trajectory, but Arsenal got the better of Spurs on this occasion. Spurs just didn’t look up for the fight which was poor for Nuno, who needed to gain a result to get back on track. 

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