Gary Neville has made his prediction about where Arsenal will finish at the end of the upcoming Premier League season.
Ex-Manchester United defender and pundit Gary Neville has tipped Arsenal to have a big season. Speaking on The Overlap, Neville backed Arsenal to go one better than last season and succeed in winning the Premier League title this time around.
The Gunners came close to winning their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 campaign last time out. However, ultimately Mikel Arteta’s squad couldn’t get over the line as Manchester City blew past them on their way to securing a treble.
However, Arteta has been backed strongly in the market and Arsenal have invested heavily this summer. Over £200 million has already been spent bringing Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have already got one over on Manchester City by triumphing over them to lift the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Neville believes there’s more success to come for the Gunners this season. He said, “I am going to go Arsenal to win the league, City second. I think Arsenal can beat them.”
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The challenge facing Arsenal
Manchester City have been dominant in recent years, and Neville fears that Arsenal aside, there isn’t enough quality elsewhere in the top flight of English football to truly challenge Pep Guardiola’s men. Neville said of Arsenal, “my concern is that they are the only team I look at and are the only team that I think could win the league.”
Arsenal fans will take heart from pundits recognising the club’s prospects. That being said, the Gunners will still go into the new season as underdogs in the title chase. It will be vital that key players such as William Saliba, Martin Odegaard, and Bukayo Saka can stay fit and in good form throughout the season if the club are to achieve their aims.
The new arrivals also need to hit the ground running. Rice, Havertz, and Timber all showed glimpses of their quality in the Community Shield, but they will need to maintain that throughout a gruelling season under intense pressure.