Arsenal cannot be trusted to win the Premier League title, says Gary Neville, despite being level on points at the top of the table after 10 games played.
The Gunners maintained their unbeaten run on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to ensure they are without defeat since the opening day in all competitions.
Arsene Wenger’s men face a testing November with games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain to come, but Neville says he is still not sure they are good enough to win the Premier League.
“I think Manchester City and Arsenal are the better teams, but can you trust either of them fully yet?” he said on his Sky Sports Podcast.
“I don’t think you can. That’s not to say they won’t go and deliver, but because they’re in Europe, and that they’ve shown glimpses of the old Arsenal and old City, they’ve got to give me more yet before I trust them.”
Neville also feels that a lack of European competition could help Chelsea and Liverpool who sit third and fourth in the table currently.
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“I think Tottenham are as good as Liverpool, I think Tottenham are as good as Chelsea, there’s no doubt, but because Spurs are in European competition I would put Chelsea and Liverpool ahead of them in the Premier League for that reason,” he added.
“That’s without even mentioning United, who have fallen behind a little bit.”
While it is still early in the title race, and Neville is right to be cautious, there is a growing sense in north London that the Gunners will maintain a sustained title challenge and have a better equipped squad to hande the challenges that in previous seasons.