Initially, the pundit supported the Gunners’ bid to end their 20-year wait for a league title at the beginning of the season. However, he later reversed his prediction at the start of February.
Following Arsenal’s commanding 3-1 victory over Liverpool on February 4, which significantly boosted their confidence and league position, Neville highlighted the team’s need for more clinical finishing in the final third, casting doubt on their title prospects.
However, Arsenal’s resounding 6-0 win against West Ham United over the weekend proved Neville wrong. Reflecting on the match, the former Manchester United right-back revised his prediction, stating (via Metro):
“It was around this time last year that there was a lot of pressure on Arsenal because they were so many points clear. Everyone thought they’d win the league. But now they are sat there in the pack, right on the shoulder, and it may suit them better.”
He further remarked:
“They’ve not produced their best form to this point, but they have in the last couple of weeks started to look like they will hit the same form as last season that put them into a position of winning the league.”
Continuing his assessment, Neville emphasized:
“They need to stay focused, calm, and keep their players fit. They’re good in a lot of areas. If their front players, who are exciting, can start to score the goals they were not at the start of the season, they have a real chance.”
As of now, Arsenal occupies the third position in the Premier League table, tied on points with second-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Liverpool currently leads the standings by two points.