Gary Neville delivers blunt verdict on Arsenal after Chelsea defeat

Gary Neville has his say on Arsenal after their 3-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday...

Gary Neville criticised Arsenal for failing to deal with the threat posed by Chelsea in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

The north London side were comfortably beaten by Antonio Conte’s men at Stamford Bridge as the Gunners’ title hopes were all but ended by the Premier League leaders.

The result left the Gunners trailing the leaders by 12 points and with it all to do in the race for Champions League qualification.

And former Manchester United defender Neville delivered a scathing verdict on what he saw from the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “It just feels like the same. Not strong enough, not resilient enough, not powerful enough and not good enough ultimately to compete in a match of this nature in an important part of the season when they can apply a bit of pressure to their rivals. They have fallen well short.

“I’m not one to look back to yesteryear, but when you think of the spine of Adams and Keown or Vieira and Petit that really could have handled a game like today against a powerful, strong Chelsea team.

“They are a million miles away from that in terms of their ability to produce that type of performance. They just haven’t got enough meat in the team to be able to deal with the power, strength and shrewdness.

“You have to stop the opposition team playing football. This Arsenal team, for the past five or six years, just don’t seem to pay enough attention to it.”

Arsenal must now dust themselves down as they prepare for their Premier League clash against Hull City at The Emirates next weekend.

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The north London side are aiming to build on their second-placed finish in the top flight last season, when they ended up 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City.

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