Alan Shearer predicts Chelsea to beat Arsenal to the title

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Alan Shearer believes Chelsea will pip Arsenal to the title.

Alan Shearer believes Arsenal do not have enough strike power to beat Chelsea to the title.

Despite the Gunners' scoring an early blow over their rivals with a Community Shield victory, it will count for little once the Premier League season begins.

Shearer has told The Sun he feels Arsenal are the closest challengers to Chelsea ahead of the Manchester clubs, but their failure to sign another striker has cost them.

He said: "I am still only tipping them to finish second because I cannot get away from the fact I believe they are still lacking a top-class centre- forward.

"You only need to look at Diego Costa at Chelsea, Sergio Aguero at Manchester City and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United to see where Arsenal come up short at the moment. And that is why I will still tip Chelsea to win the league."

Will Arsenal make another addition?

One forward who has been linked to the club is Karim Benzema, but manager Arsene Wenger dismissed the rumours after the Wembley win yesterday, telling Arsenal.com that nothing is happening regarding a potential deal for the Real Madrid forward.

Wenger is currently classing Theo Walcott as a striker, selecting him ahead of Olivier Giroud yesterday as he did in the FA Cup Final.

Arsenal also have Danny Welbeck as another option, who has recently been out with an injury, while Alexis Sanchez is also capable of leading the line.

It appears as though Arsene Wenger is confident he has enough, although in recent seasons this assumption has seen the club fall short of a title challenge.

With a more solid base, with Petr Cech in goal and Francis Coquelin outstanding in defensive midfield, they may have successfully counter balanced their perceived deficiency up front by strengthening in other key areas.

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