The Manchester United legend was speaking in his usual role as a pundit on Sky Sports this afternoon during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, and made the claim following the final whistle.
In a post-match discussion about the race for the Premier League title, Neville asked fellow pundit and former Gunners striker Niall Quinn if he thought Arsenal would go out and spend £150 million during the summer transfer window, and insisted there was no reason why they shouldn’t when City, Manchester United and Chelsea were all likely to do similar.
He then, as reported by Squawka News, said: “Arsenal are a bigger club than Chelsea. They are – that’s just a fact.
“That’s not a criticism of Chelsea. They’ve done really well in the last 10/15 years.”
Gary Neville: "Arsenal are a bigger club than Chelsea. They are – it's a fact." pic.twitter.com/TSMQSIuZZd
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 2, 2017
— Arsenal Relevant (@ArsenalRelevant) April 2, 2017
Arsenal have won 13 top-flight English titles compared to Chelsea’s five, but the last time Arsene Wenger’s team were champions was back in 2004 – and Chelsea have won it four times since.
Moreover, Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013 – two competitions Arssenal have never won.
So, is Neville right, or are Chelsea the bigger club in a modern sense? Does history count for much?