Gary Neville delivers verdict on Arsenal this season with a bold claim about one key player – Football.London

Gary Neville believes there is cause for optimism after Arsenal’s start to the season but has revealed concerns about Bernd Leno and the Gunners’ defence.

Unai Emery’s team have taken seven points from their opening four Premier League fixtures that has already seen them take on Liverpool and Tottenham.

However, the Gunners avoided their usual Anfield pasting, having conceded 23 goals in their last seven clashes with Liverpool.

Despite a 3-1 reverse, Neville saw reason for the Arsenal faithful to be pleased with their performance.

His main concern, as with most supporters, is with the Gunners’ porous backline.

The former United skipper also questioned whether Leno is good enough to compete with the Premier League’s top goalkeepers, especially given their leaky defence.

 

Writing in his latest column for  Sky Sports,  Neville said: “I thought there was good things from Arsenal in their defeat at Liverpool. I came out of it with a level of sympathy, thinking there was something there to build on. I haven’t always been like that with Arsenal. Against Spurs, similarly, you talk about the threat, the intensity, good parts of the game but you still have to mention that they do look sloppy and rash at the back.

“We talked about the goalkeeper, Bernd Leno’s mistake. I don’t quite trust him. I don’t think he’s anywhere near the class of the other top goalkeepers we have in the Premier League. The two centre-backs, Sokratis and David Luiz, are rash.

“You can argue that Hector Bellerin has got to come back in, Rob Holding’s got to come back, and Kieran Tierney has also got to return so that back four can be strengthened. However, you still fear that back four will still not be quite good enough for where Arsenal want to be.

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“They somehow need to unearth a centre-back from somewhere that’s going to hold that backline together.

“There’s still that fear about Arsenal that they look all over the place at the back when they have good players against them.

“We saw Tottenham create many chances on the counter-attack against them whereas the really top teams manage the counter-attack. They sustain their own attacks and don’t allow other teams to counter them very often, City and Liverpool in particular.”

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