It’s a fact Arsenal are bigger, better club than Chelsea – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has risked a huge backlash from Chelsea fans after claiming that Arsenal are a bigger club than their west London rivals, reports

Neville’s comments look certain to anger the Blues faithful once again as they remain seven points clear at the top of the table and are 18 points ahead of the Gunners.

Arsenal have faced nothing but turmoil both on and off the pitch in recent months with Arsene Wenger’s future dominating the headlines on a regular basis.

But despite all the drama that surrounds the north London club, Neville is still adamant that Arsenal are a much bigger club than Chelsea and feels they will still attract better quality players during the summer.

“This is a better club than Chelsea,” he said on Sky Sports after Sunday’s draw with Manchester City.

“Why wouldn’t players come and play here? Look at this stadium, it’s unbelievable.

“Chelsea are a fantastic club but you’ve got to say, even Chelsea fans wouldn’t argue that Arsenal are a bigger club than them.

“Arsenal are a bigger club than Chelsea. They are, it’s a fact.

“That’s not a criticism of Chelsea. Chelsea are a club that’s really only grown in the last 10 or 15 years. They’ve done brilliantly well.

“But they’re not as big a club as Arsenal.”

Neville was one of the analysts of the match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday.


Source: The Guardian

Why Chelsea will not win Premier League title – Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has said he is not sure Chelsea will finish this season as Premier League champions.


The Blues have been in impressive form and are currently on an 11-game winning run, six points ahead of the chasing pack at Christmas.


Neville, however, is not convinced they have what it takes to finish the job next May.


The Sky Sports analyst said: “I didn’t think they would be champions at the start of the season. I’m still not sure, I wouldn’t fully trust any of them yet, but they do like they are producing the type (champions) performances.

“The Southampton away one, that’s the one where I thought, that’s a championship winning performance. But it is too early in the season to hand them the title.


“You still have to have doubts over them through the fact, for instance, if you got an injury to Eden Hazard, an injury to Diego Costa.


“You have to throw in the doubts that exist. They are such important players.”

Neville: Valencia Job Is Not A PR Stunt

The coach has laughed off reports in Spain that his role at the Mestalla is part of an elaborate plot to dilute the perceived influence of agent Jorge Mendes at the club

Gary Neville has branded a report claiming his appointment at Valencia was a PR stunt as “ludicrous” and a “fantasy story”.

The former Manchester United defender was named the surprise successor to Nuno Espirito Santo in December, having worked as a TV punding and coach for England since his retirement.

A newspaper in Spain claimed Valencia owner Peter Lim told agent Jorge Mendes to find a coach the Portuguese didn’t represent to dispel suggestions he had too much influence at the club.

But Neville, who has already revealed he has no interest in staying in football management beyond his current job, is adamant this is not the case.

“I’ve never heard anything so ludicrous in my lie,” he said at a press conference. “It’s a fantasy story with absolutely no truth whatsoever.

“I don’t really know what to say, to be honest with you. It’s just nonsense.

“In England I would use a swear word, but I’m not quite sure the translator will be able to get it in the correct context.

Neville also touched on Madrid’s sacking of Rafael Benitez, just a day after the club drew 2-2 against his side, admitting he was disappointed to hear the news.

“Having been in the media of football and broadcasting for the last four-and-a-half years, I’m never surprised by anything I see in respect of managers losing their jobs.

“It’s never something I wanted when I wasn’t a coach, and it’s not something I want to see when I am a coach.

“But I’m not surprised by anything I see in football any more. The average tenure of manager and coach is getting shorter, unfortunately, but we have to accept it.”

Zinedine Zidane has replaced the outgoing Spaniard, despite having no first-team coaching experience, which Neville believes is similar to his own situation.

“I did not shy away from fact I had not coached before as a head coach. It is a very difficult job,” he said. “Everybody has to coach their first game once: even the more experienced coaches did that.

“The idea there is a perfect, template coach does not exist. Experienced coaches fail, young coaches succeed, and vice-versa. Everybody needs an opportunity, like I got here.”