Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has backed Arsenal to win the Premier League title this season.
The Blues are the defending champions and the west London club have struggled since the start of the season with handful wins as they sit in the bottom half of the table with 14 points from 13 matches.
After a defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, the Gunners and Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost their top spots. Arsenal are fourth with 26 points, level on points with third place City.
Arsene Wenger signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in the summer and having the Czech Republican international goalkeeper at the Emirates makes the Gunners favourites to win the league in the 2015-16 campaign, according to his former teammate at Stamford Bridge.
“I think Manchester City will be as strong as they have been in the last few years. Unfortunately Chelsea are too far [behind in the title race], so I will go for my friend Petr Cech at Arsenal,” Drogba told Sky Sports.
Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled in the Premier League and their hope of defending the title looks slim, after their disastrous start to the season. Chelsea defeated Norwich City in the Premier League and sealed a comfortable victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League. Drogba hopes the last two wins could be kick-start their campaign.
“It’s a different situation for club, manager and players. When you have won the league the season before and you find yourselves in the last three or four teams in the table after four or five games, it is a shock,” the Blues legend said.
“I know the players and the manager have the ability to change this. They have won two consecutive games in the last two days, so I think it is kind of a new start.”
Despite their recent results, Chelsea will have a tough task to bounce back for several reasons. Injuries to captain John Terry and midfielder Ramires will only be a matter of concern.
In addition to this, the emergence of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, with the latter under the guidance of new manager Jurgen Klopp will only make Chelsea’s job much harder. Leicester City’s sudden rise in form could also hinder the Blues ‘ hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.