Gary Neville: What I really think about Arsenal this season
Gary Neville is not expecting to see Arsenal win the Premier League title this season...
Gary Neville is not expecting to see Arsenal win the Premier League title this season despite admitted that he is a keen admirer of the Gunners.
The north London side are aiming to win the top flight crown for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season but have consistently fallen short in recent years.
Arsenal finished second in the Premier League last season but 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City as they pipped Spurs on the final day of the campaign.
Much has been made of Arsenal’s failure to sustain a serious title challenge in the Premier League in recent years.
Former Manchester United defender Neville feels that Arsenal deserve credit for their consistency in recent seasons even if he expects them to once again miss out on the title.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Neville said: “I think Arsenal are where they’d expect to be, where you and I expect them to be.
“They win, go on long winning runs, and then lose a couple, then win another eight or so, teasing you, thinking that they’re going to be title contenders but never quite getting there.
“They’re a good football team, they play the right way, but you feel they’re going to fall short, and you feel it’s going to happen again.
“It seems a bit sad saying that, but it’s a good thing in ways, it’s consistency, you’ve seen Man United and Chelsea dip out of the top four in recent years, so all credit for the consistency.
“But for the title, where this conversation lies, they’re still going to fall short I feel.”
Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 but have not lifted the Premier League trophy since their switch from Highbury to The Emirates.