Neville: Nobody other than Wenger thought Arsenal could win the league

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Former United man Gary Neville says Arsenal proved him and his colleagues right.

Even when Arsenal topped the league earlier in the season, and they led it longer than any other side, they had to contend with being consistently written off.

They later slipped from top spot and ended the season in fourth position.

And the former Manchester United man argues that he never really took the Gunners seriously as a contender, and said only those at Arsenal believed they would do it.

He told SkySports' end of season review: "I don't think anybody other than Arsene Wenger and a few of his players thought in even in January, February when they were top, they could win the league.

"I don't think any of us here (pundits) were saying they could win the league. We kept saying each week they are answering the questions, they keep proving us wrong, but eventually, you always felt the tenacity and drive to get through Champions League games, big title games, was missing, and they fell apart in March, fell apart in about two to three weeks.

"They did get injuries to be fair to them, but they don't have the power or tenacity in midfield to win the league."

Arsenal's end of season finish may just ask questions of Neville however, recapturing their early season form thanks to the return of Aaron Ramsey.

In the end, Arsenal finished only seven points off the top of the Premier League, losing only one more game than the three teams who finished above them.

Arsenal were closer than Neville and his compatriots admit, but then doing so - would be to acknowledge they were wrong to dismiss the Gunners so easily in the first instance.

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