Arsenal supporters may be dreaming of silverware this season amid some dizzying transfer speculation, but Rio Ferdinand has already dismissed their title chances.
The club are in hot-pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and look likely to splash the cash in a manner never seen before at the club, but the Manchester United defender believes the title race will be between both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
“Chelsea and City, I don’t see anyone else challenging us for the title,” said Ferdinand, speaking in Japan as part of United’s Asian tour.
“Tottenham and Arsenal might have a little push, but I can’t see anyone breaking into that top three.”
The 34 year-old, who will enjoy a testimonial game against Seville next month, also thinks that Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Stamford Bridge will be a fascinating to watch over the coming season.
“Chelsea with Mourinho could go either way. The pressure of Mourinho coming could weigh heavy on some shoulders, but he can spur them on to better than they did last year.”
Rio won’t be a popular man in North London with his views on the title race, but a couple of big buys before the transfer window draws to a close could spice things up nicely.