Neville: Arsenal have a better chance of qualifying than Manchester City

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Gary Neville believes Arsenal have a better chance of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals than Manchester City.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Manchester City have the toughest task of the remaining English teams in the Champions League this week.

That is despite Arsenal visiting Monaco with a 3-1 deficit, and needing a huge result away from home to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Neville feels City's task to win away at Barcelona is simply too tough and gives them little chance of beating the La Liga side.

He told SkySports Monday Night Football: "Arsenal (are more likely). To beat Barcelona in Barcelona, we saw Chelsea do it a few year ago, but it felt like a freak. They are such a good team and so difficult to play against on their own patch. I know Arsenal 3-1 down, but Barcelona are so tough.

Neville went on however to admit that he does not expect either team to progress. He added: "I think neither will go through, they'll both go out."

City nearly lost by the same scoreline as Arsenal in their home game, but a late Lionel Messi penalty miss kept Barcelona's advantage to a 2-1 victory.

Barcelona are however in rampant form, with the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar likely to prove a formidable opponent for a City team who lost to Burnley at the weekend.

Neville's opinion is one the bookies agree with. SkyBet make the Gunners 5/1 to qualify, with City as long as 8/1.

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