The Blues secured their first Premier League trophy in five years with significant ease last season – losing just three games throughout their title-winning campaign.
However, the Gunners icon believes that the west London giants will have their work cut out at repeating such success when they kick off their defence in less than a month’s time:
“So Chelsea win it and we are all like: ‘United are going to come back for sure, Manchester City are going to come back for sure and Arsenal are going to come back for sure’. What about Liverpool? You think they are going to stay out?” the former striker told Sky Sports.
“Have a look at the competition now to win the league. It is very, very, very difficult, so I expect everyone is going to challenge them, everyone is going to try to make sure they can win the title.
“Because if I said to you: ‘City cannot have the same season again, Arsenal cannot stay another year without winning the league, United won’t accept not winning the league two years in a row’ – that does not go down too well over there. What about Liverpool? So I expect everyone to challenge them.”
Arsene Wenger has secured the signature of experienced Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.
Brendan Rodgers has so far confirmed the exciting arrivals of James Milner, Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne – and the Northern Irish manager may not be finished yet.
Manuel Pellegrini clinched a £49m deal for England international Raheem Sterling.
Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has made four blockbuster signings – Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
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