Gary Neville delivers verdict on Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes
The Manchester United legend rules out the prospect of Arsenal winning the Premier League title
Gary Neville has played down Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season.
The Gunners managed to rescue a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon after Olivier Giroud came off the bench to cancel out Juan Mata’s opener.
Arsenal missed the chance to temporarily move to the top of the Premier League table with a victory over their bitter rivals ahead of the rest of Saturday’s fixtures.
Arsene Wenger’s side remain in fourth place but are two points behind leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
Former Manchester United defender Neville has poured cold water on talk of Arsenal winning the Premier League crown this season after their disappointing performance at Old Trafford.
“It was a really poor performance from Arsenal, but they’ve come away and got a point. In my playing days, we would have absolutely been delighted with a point away at a big club, especially being 1-0 down with a few minutes to go. You’d be thinking: ‘That’s what wins titles.’ That’s the sort of language we’d be using in the dressing room after.
“I didn’t get the impression or feeling today that I was watching the champions. It can change, we know it can change, but when I think of the performance of Chelsea against United, or even Liverpool away at Chelsea, or Tottenham against City, or City against United, there was far more intensity and quality in those games.
“Arsenal are unbeaten since the opening day, and that is some doing, and they are resilient in a sense that they fight their way back to second or third, can they finally make that jump?
“I didn’t get the feeling watching Arsenal on Saturday that we were watching a team that would go on and win the league, but that’s just me in this moment.”
Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season but 10 points adrift of champions Leicester City.
Wenger signed five players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to close the gap on their title rivals.