Danny Murphy has said that Arsenal can challenge for a top-four spot in the new season and has backed Chelsea to improve following their summer spending spree.
The 2020/21 campaign is shaping up to be an interesting one as teams look to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table.
However, Murphy doesn’t believe the top two will be caught and his backing his former club to retain the title despite City splashing the cash on Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake.
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In terms of the race for Champions League football, the BBC pundit thinks both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will lose out to Manchester United.
“Outside the top two, there have been some exciting signings,” Murphy wrote for the Daily Mail. “Chelsea’s recruitment of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva is a real statement of intent even before Friday’s confirmation of £75million German international midfielder Kai Havertz.
“Thiago is probably the most clever business. He showed at PSG he is a leader, a winner, exactly what Chelsea were missing. He’ll be great for young goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who needs that experience in front of him.
“A new backline Chelsea back line of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Silva and Chilwell has real pedigree and Premier League know-how.
“FA Cup and Community Shield winners Arsenal have been transformed under Mikel Arteta and have added Willian and centre-back Gabriel Maghaeles to the outstanding youngsters they’ve got, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to stay.
“They could challenge Manchester United for a top four place though United still have a slight edge.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a very good player in Donny van de Beek from Ajax though he’s not the holding midfielder I thought they needed.
“If he sent out an attacking midfield…