Didier Drogba believes Arsenal will win the Premier League title due to the influence of Petr Cech – and has ruled out Chelsea’s chances.
Former Chelsea hero Drogba – voted the club’s greatest ever player – won the Premier League with the Blues last season, but says they have left themselves with too much work to do following their poor start this term.
When asked who he thought would win the title this season, he replied: “I think Manchester City will be strong, as always in the last few years. Unfortunately Chelsea is too far [away], so I will go for my friend Petr Cech and Arsenal.”
The Ivorian, who now plays for MLS outfit Montreal Impact, was then pressed whether he thinks Arsenal posses enough quality. He replied: “They’ve got Petr Cech.”
Last month Drogba admitted he sees the goalkeeper as a “brother”, after winning four titles and the Champions League together.
Despite ruling out Chelsea finishing top of the table, the 37-year-old says he thinks his former club are starting to improve after losing seven of their opening 12 league fixtures.
“It’s a different situation for the club, for the manager, for the players,” he told Sky Sports.
“When you won the league the season before and you find yourself in the last three or four teams on the table after four or five games, it’s kind of a shock.
“I really know the players and the manager have the ability to change this and they have won two consecutive games in the last few days so I think it’s kind of a new start.”
Drogba also praised Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy for his incredible for this term.
England international Vardy has equalled Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-consecutive matches.
“I think he is one of the most efficient at the moment. Scoring goals in a team like Leicester is one thing but then you have to go to the next level and score but what he is doing right now is unbelievable. It’s fantastic,” he added.