Neville can’t see Gun­ners as champs

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ARSE­NAL’S dis­plays so far this sea­son are yet to con­vince Gary Neville they are ti­tle con­tenders.

The Gun­ners are go­ing in search of their first Pre­mier League ti­tle in 12 years and have made a strong start to the cam­paign.

They sit fourth in the ta­ble, three points be­hind league lead­ers Chelsea, af­ter draw­ing 1-1 with Manch­ester United on Satur­day.

But Neville wasn’t ex­cited by Arse­nal’s dis­play, that saw them snatch a point courtesy of a late Olivier Giroud header.

“It was a re­ally poor per­for­mance from Arse­nal, but they’ve come away and got a point,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Neville went on to sug­gest he is yet to see Arse­nal show the cre­den­tials that could see them win­ning sil­ver­ware come May.

The Gun­ners have im­pressed with big wins against the likes of Chelsea, and they net­ted six at home to Lu­do­gorets in the Cham­pi­ons League.

How­ever, the for­mer Manch­ester United de­fender doesn’t know if Arse­nal have what it takes to im­prove on their sec­ond-placed fin­ish be­hind Le­ices­ter last sea­son.

“I didn’t get the im­pres­sion or feel­ing today that I was watch­ing the cham­pi­ons,” he added.

“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.

“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.” – Ex­press Newspa-

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