Neville: Arsenal close to Premier League title

Former England international Phil Neville believes Arsenal aren’t far away from a genuine Premier League title challenge, BBC Sport has reported, the ex-Manchester United and Everton defender pinpointing the goalkeeper’s position as a crucial area to improve.

Arsenal are currently third in the table behind already-crowned champions Chelsea, drawing level on points with last year’s title winners Manchester City by virtue of their 3-1 win at Hull City, and have a game in hand. The Gunners are though 13 points adrift of the London Blues and, with four games and 12 points left to play for, cannot catch Jose Mourinho’s side.

Arsenal have however been one of the form teams of the second half of the season, leading to questions as to how Arsene Wenger can help his team become a real threat to top spot for next season. “I look at David de Gea and he has won five or six games for Manchester United with important saves,” Neville argued. “If Arsenal get a ‘keeper in, they can be a championship-winning team. Of all the sides in the top four, apart from Chelsea, I think [Arsenal] are the best equipped to challenge next year.”

Neville spent 10 years at Old Trafford, winning in that time six Premier League titles, as well as three FA Cup and, in 1999, the Champions League, among other trophies. He made almost 400 appearances for the club and went on to play more than 300 times for the Toffees, retiring in 2013.

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