Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville does not believe Chelsea or Arsenal will be able to challenge Man City and Liverpool for the Premier League title this season.
Despite being ridiculed by many fans and pundits at the start of the season, Arsenal have now won six consecutive games in the Premier League, a run which has seen Unai Emery’s side climb to fourth in the table.
However, Neville reckons that the commonly held view at the start of the season, that the title would be contested between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s sides still rings true.
“I don’t think Arsenal [will compete],” Neville told the Sky Sports Gary Neville Podcast.
“I think Arsenal have done very well and Unai Emery has done very well but I don’t think they’re going to be challenging for the title.
“I saw Chelsea at West Ham a couple of weeks ago and I thought they played well in the game but West Ham could’ve taken it on the counter-attack.
“I then watched the game last Saturday against Liverpool where I thought they were at full pelt to stay in that game.
“Even though they were 1-0 for so long, I did feel like they were really struggling to stay in the game – but doing well in the game at the same time.
“Not struggling in the sense of playing badly but I felt as though Liverpool just had the edge on them when I was watching.
“Today they’ve done particularly well [against Southampton] but in a game you’d think they would do well. They’ve started the season well.
“But I still feel, eight games in, it’s very early to think about Chelsea challenging these two [Liverpool and City]. I do think that.”