Gary Neville has made a stunning Arsenal u-turn – and thinks they can now WIN the title

Gary Neville discusses Arsenal and their title chances on Sky Sports' The Overlap
(Image credit: Sky Sports)

Gary Neville says Arsenal can win the league – despite being certain earlier on this season that the Gunners would be caught by Manchester City.

The Gunners are five points clear at the top of the table and garnered 50 points in the first 19 games of the season, putting them on course for a 100-point campaign. Despite this, Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United captain Neville previously predicted his former side United to leapfrog Arsenal into second, with Manchester City completing a third title on the bounce. 

On Sky's The Overlap: Fan Debate (opens in new tab), however, the former full-back backtracked on his previous comments – after watching Manchester City's limp defeat to Arsenal's rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, at the weekend. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta applauds his team's fans after the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal on 4 February, 2023 at Goodison Park in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Arsenal have led the table for much of the season – but it's only now that G-Nev is backing them to finish the job (Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“We were at the City game on Sunday and the team came through I thought ‘hmm’, for the first time I thought Arsenal could win the league,” Neville said on The Overlap.

“That’s not looking smart after the events when City lost, I thought ‘He [Guardiola] is messing around, he is tinkering far too much’. I don’t know why [Kevin] De Bruyne isn’t playing, I don’t know why [Ilkay] Gundogan hasn’t played, I don’t know why [Ruben] Dias isn’t back in at centre-back with [Aymeric] Laporte to make them solid.

“I saw the team and from my point of view, my prediction was City would catch Arsenal. I was less sure on Sunday afternoon than I had ever been. I was pretty certain two weeks ago. I was actually certain on Saturday afternoon, I thought ‘Right City will do it proper tomorrow, this will be a champion's performance. He will go with his best team, he won’t mess around’.

“But if he carries on like that, carries on doing what he is doing... Sometimes great managers of that ilk, I know Sir Alex [Ferguson] had it a little bit as well, they just like to do things a little bit differently.”

Pundit Gary Neville prior to the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on January 13, 2023 in Birmingham, England.

Gary Neville previously thought United would finish above Arsenal (Image credit: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Neville has even acknowledged that his opinions have, in the past, angered Gooners. He faced a heavy backlash online when predicting the side to finish third.

"I said Leicester wouldn't win the league. [Arsenal] won't win the league," he previously reasoned. "Manchester City will win the league, and I think Man Utd will finish second, and I know that will annoy Arsenal fans!

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.