Neville: Arsenal should ‘forget about’ Champions League

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has given his verdict on Arsenal’s title credentials in the Prmeier League and Champions League on Deadline Day…

The former Red Devils’ skipper told Sky Sports he believes the Gunners will ‘fall short’ of the challenge posed by both Manchester City and Chelsea this term after going a point behind the Citizens following their 2-2 draw with Southampton in midweek.

“I did think with other teams in transition…this was a good opportunity for Arsenal to win the title this season,” said Neville.

The Sky Sports pundit, however, does not possess quite the same level of optimism for Arsenal’s chances of knocking Bayern Munich out of the round of sixteen in the Champions League, despite the North Londoners having beaten them 1-0 at the Allianz Arena as they exited the competition last term,

“I think they’ll fall short, but I thought maybe the best chance they had was maybe looking at the Bayern Munich games and, I know it’s not the done thing to say, but almost forget about them and concentrate on the league,” he added.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be unlikely to agree with Neville’s comments but the Frenchman did concede there was no chance of a deadline day signing of Julian Draxler as had been hoped by the Emirates faithful.

The Gunners are now ‘in talks’ to sign Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom who Wenger could look to reinforce his squad following an injury setback to Aaron Ramsey who will be out for six weeks and a potential three-match suspension for Mathieu Flamini ahead of a tough schedule in February and March when Arsenal face the German champions, as well as Liverpool in the FA Cup and again in the Premier League, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

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