Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said that Manchester city are definitely the favourites to win the title this season. Manchester city will be heading into the new season as the holders of the title.
They can retain the title due to the fact that they have a very strong squad according to the Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta. The former Everton midfielder was signed from the Merseyside club for £ 10 million on the deadline day of the last summer transfer window. He has been a very influential signing for Arsenal, as he almost single-handedly helped them qualify for the Champions League this season by finishing in the third position.
Arsenal have an incredible record of not having lost the game when Mikel Arteta has played for them. Despite this incredible statistic, Mikel Arteta reckons that it will be Manchester city who are the favourites to win the title due to the strength of their squad. Arsenal have already made two important signings on a total cost of £ 25 million. However, they are likely to lose the star asset Robin van Persie for around £ 30 million, while the future of Theo Walcott is also a major doubt. These two players were highly influential for Arsenal last season.
“I think Manchester City would be the favourite team in next EPL season. If we could beat them in Beijing, it would be a bright start for a new season. Anyway, Arsenal also has a big chance to fight for the title, if we could show our abilities totally, we could overcome any rivals,” said the 30-year-old midfielder while on the pre-season tour of Asia. Manchester city recently defeated Arsenal 2-0 in a friendly match. Arsenal will be facing Sunderland on the opening day of the season, while Manchester city will be up against the newly promoted Southampton.