Neville ‘doesn’t see’ Arsenal as champions as Man Utd hold Premier League advantage

Will Ford
Gary Neville speaks about Arsenal

Gary Neville is still not convinced by Arsenal as Premier League champions and explained why Manchester United hold an advantage over Mikel Arteta’s side.

United are now nine points behind Arsenal after their 3-0 win over Bournemouth and the Gunners failed to find a way past Newcastle at the Emirates.

And although Neville admits it’s daft to be talking about the title after 16 games, the Sky Sports pundit explained how United have an advantage over Arsenal in a potential race for the Premier League.

“Yeah, they’re getting stronger,” Neville said regarding United.

“I was just saying there I think they’ve got a lot more players than Arsenal and Mikel Arteta is doing an incredible job because you feel he’s so finely tuned, if he lost a centre back he’d be in trouble, whereas with United they’ve got four centre backs, that strength in depth.

“I think they’ve got a long way to go, it’s going to be a really interesting few weeks. United have got [Manchester] City next at home, then Arsenal away, which is really tough so we’ll know a lot more in a few weeks.

“Before this game tonight it was 16 games played – that is nowhere near title talk, you’re miles away, absolutely miles away. These two teams tonight, I know there’s been title talk, I didn’t see the champions here tonight, personally, but I didn’t think they were champions at the start of the season so where they are is remarkable.”

“United just look like they’ve got something going for them, a bit of experience about the midfield – [Christian] Eriksen, Casemiro, [Bruno] Fernandes – it looks wiser, Rashford’s in form.

“They need a forward, but they’ve got forwards who are in form. They’re punching [above] their weight, defensively it doesn’t look too strong but they’re doing okay, and at the moment the manager’s got something.

“I think the spirit of coming through the situation with Cristiano Ronaldo, coming through the situation with [Harry] Maguire, coming through the difficult start to the season, they’ve probably all bonded together more than if they’d just had an ordinary, normal first five months. Erik ten Hag is in a strong position there now to call the shots, they need to get him a striker.”

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