Robbie Savage makes huge Arsenal claim

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The BBC pundit has been far kinder to the Gunners than in the psat.

Robbie Savage feels Arsenal could be set to dominate the Premier League alongside Chelsea next season, according to his regular column in the Daily Mirror.

Savage has been highly critical of Arsenal in the past - although it would be fair to say they are just one of a number of teams he has scrutinised.

But the north London club have since gone up in the Welshman's estimations. To quite an extent.

Indeed, while discussing the downfall of Manchester City and questioning whether fourth is truly good enough for Louis van Gaal's Manchester United, the BBC pundit stated that the power in next season's top flight will lie with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Savage said: "The bare minimum for United this season was a top-four finish to get back in the Champions League. It looks like they are going to do it, but since when has the bare minimum been good enough for the world’s biggest football club?

"For the last five years, Manchester has been the capital of English football - but next year I expect the power-base to lie further south... with Arsenal and Chelsea."

Looking at the current Premier League table, one may understand the logic behind Savage's assessment - Chelsea are top and the Gunners second in the standings.

That is only a very recent development, however. City were still second until last weekend and a key question is how Arsenal would respond if the ball was in their court. If Arsene Wenger's men were top of the table, for instance, would it not be fair to predict - based on recent history - that they would not be playing anywhere near as well as they are now when the pressure is relatively off their shoulders?

Still, it's clear where Savage stands on the matter. Unless, of course, Arsenal lose a few games here and there next term - and the pundit pendulum swings against them once more.

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