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Gary Neville sends warning to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta over January transfer deal

Gary Neville has explained why any potential January transfer deal could “risk” harmony at Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Gunners have made an incredible start to the Premier League season, winning 12 of their 14 matches with Mikel Arteta’s men sitting top of the table heading into the World Cup break.

Arsenal are five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City after the Gunners took advantage of the Citizens’ 2-1 loss to Brentford to defeating the wolves 2-0 on saturday night.

There have been a number of rumors that Arsenal will be looking to strengthen a couple of positions in their squad during the January transfer window.

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is out of contract at the end of the season, remains linked with a move, while Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk and Palmeiras midfielder Danilo are other targets.

But Neville believes the new signings, especially those going straight into the starting XI at Arsenal, could upset the status quo at the Emirates Stadium.

neville said Sky Sports Gary Neville Podcast:: “You ask the question now: Would Arsenal be stronger in January? What risk does that bring? Do you get stronger to push the roster or do you get stronger to really push the first XI?

“If you reinforce to boost the first XI, do you upset one of the players or two of the players that are there?

“And that is the kind of conundrum that will be going through the minds of the Arsenal board at the moment.

“Because I’m not too sure that any of the other clubs will do it. To be honest with you, I’m not sure City is in business, I’m not sure any of the other clubs at the top are in business. There is a feeling that Arsenal can work in midfield.”

Despite his five-point lead over defending champions Manchester City, Neville still has grave doubts that Arsenal can win the title.

Neville added: “I don’t think they will win the title, I think City will. I think they will enter the top four. But I do think it will be interesting, between February and March, where they end up.

“Because I still think there will be an element that they still have to prove themselves on. I’ll say it over and over until they show me different.

“But what they’re showing me right now is that they’re the best team in the league, the most consistent team in the league.

“And from where they were at the end of last season, congratulations to Mikel Arteta. It’s a brilliant job they’ve done. Hiring has been fantastic.

“Well done to the club for keeping their nerves at a difficult time where they could easily have put more pressure on Mikel, other managers may have lost their jobs, he has been there for three years.

“They kept their nerves on the draft, they kept their nerves on the coach, they’ve got the right players and all of a sudden it all seems to come together.”

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