Danny Murphy believes the Premier League's top six will be made up of two separate leagues next season, the top three, and a trio battling for scraps behind them.
Murphy believes the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea will compete for the title, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham battling for the final Champions League spot.
Speaking on BBC's Match of the Day 2, Murphy said: "United, City, I think they'll be up there. Chelsea even though they weren't last season, will be fighting with them for the top three.
"Below them will be Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. Some supporters might not like that but its the only way I can see it with the investment that's been made."
Manchester United are close to sealing a deal for midfielder Paul Pogba for a world record fee, and their intent to compete for the title is clear.
Chelsea signed Leicester star Ngolo Kante, and Murphy admitted the best the Foxes could probably hope for was seventh place as they defend their trophy.
Arsenal still are yet to add a striker to their team despite calls from supporters to do so, and until they do, pundits like Murphy are unlikely to consider them strong title contenders.