Former Arsenal man predicts London Premier League winners

Fabrice Muamba has given his opinion on the current Premier League season, naming Chelsea as victors.

26-year-old Muamba retired from professional football in 2012, following a dreadful cardiac arrest suffered during an FA Cup tie with Bolton Wanderers.

The midfielder, a graduate from Arsenal’s academy, failed to make a league appearance for the Gunners during his five-year stay in North London, before enjoying productive spells with Birmingham City and the Trotters.

The Zaire-born man also appeared at every youth level for England, progressing from Under-16 to Under-21 level, for whom he won 33 caps.

However, cardiac arrest suffered in March 2012 brought an end to his playing career, and he has since worked to raise awareness of heart problems in sportsmen, as well as training to become a journalist.

His retirement from the game has not dampened his love for football, and when speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Muamba gave his title predictions for the ongoing Premier League season.

He said: “This is probably the toughest season in terms of who might win the league.

“[Manchester] United have got a new manager and new players, Arsenal have spent big time - which is not like Arsenal - while Chelsea have Didier Drogba back and Diego Costa has come in so they have three or four options they might not have had before.

Liverpool have lost Luis Suarez so that’s 30 goals gone to someone else so we will have to see if they can replace him. [Manchester] City have been a bit shaky so far but it looks to be anyone’s title.”

Muamba’s opinions are those shared amongst many Premier League viewers, with a number of changes in the top flight likely making it a memorable season. However, his claim that ‘it looks to be anyone’s title’ is soon refuted, with Muamba opining that Chelsea, rivals of his former club, will be the ones to lift the trophy come May.

“However, I just think Jose Mourinho will go at it this time and do what he wants,” he added.

The Blues are currently favourites for the title, and it is no surprise to see a former player suggesting that the West Londoner’s will win the league - even if he is from an Arsenal background.

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