Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) shoots to scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on February 4, 2017.Ian Kington/AFP
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.
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.
Supporters have vented their fury towards their own manager with protests outside the stadium while Arsenal fans came to blows during the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.
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.