Arsenal have actually boasted an impressive defensive record in recent times, with the Gunners tightening up significantly at the back.
Sokratis and David Luiz have improved their performance, while Bernd Leno has also attracted plenty of praise in the Arsenal goal.
However, the Gunners’ frailties were exposed by Everton in their last match, even though Arteta’s side held on to win 3-2.
And Neville feels that Sokratis, Luiz and Leno are still struggling - they are just better protected now than under Unai Emery.
"Arsenal are well away from getting to the top, top level, and we can't expect too many changes overnight, just small steps in the right direction,” he said.
"It's key to get the right players in the right positions, and cover up the weaknesses, which is what Arteta is trying to do; play a system that covers for the fact his centre-backs still struggle defensively and his goalkeeper as well at times.”
Arsenal’s whole team are required to defend from the front under Arteta.
The Spaniard encourages his attacking players to press high, with the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang earning great praise for his hard-working performances.
Arsenal have now pushed up to ninth place in the Premier League table, and are unbeaten in 2020 so far.
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