BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair has highlighted on Football Focus that the Premier League title hasn’t been successfully defended for six years and is backing Arsenal to continue that trend by being crowned champions in 2015/16.
Many have predicted the title race to be much closer run thing this season, with last year’s winners Chelsea failing to strengthen this summer while their rivals have been busy.
Both Manchester clubs have spent north of £60 million on new additions whereas the Gunners have signed Petr Cech from the Blues, adding his valuable experience and leadership to their squad.
Arsene Wenger’s men impressed during the latter stage of last season and after improving their squad further this summer, Sinclair believes they finally have what it takes to win the title.
“The Premier League has not been successfully defended since 2008-09 and it's getting more competitive. Arsenal have taken Petr Cech from Chelsea and that's a vital blow and I think that could be the difference. I am backing Arsenal to win the title,” he told the BBC.
The difference maker?
There are a number of factors which may point towards an Arsenal title win, yet Sinclair has focused on the acquisition of Petr Cech, and that could prove monumental.
The Czech international shot-stopper is among the very best in the Premier League, but arguably more important is his ability to make defenders play better, become more organised and take responsibility.
His presence has already made a notable difference, with the Gunners’ Community Shield victory over Jose Mourinho’s side coming courtesy of an excellent defensive display and plenty of concentration.
The squad available to the North Londoners is as good as they’ve had for over a decade – now is the time for them to really believe and embrace the challenge ahead.