John Aldridge has written in The Sunday World that he does not believe Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will be involved in the Premier League title race in the final stretch of this season
Arsenal kick off the new campaign by hosting Liverpool on Sunday, while Tottenham face a tricky trip to Everton.
Both North London rivals were champions Leicester City's main title rivals last term but both failed to topple Claudio Ranieri's side, though Spurs managed to sustain their title bid for longer despite finishing behind the Gunners in third.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Neither side has strengthened tremendously, with £35 million midfielder Granit Xhaka Arsenal's only signing of note, while Spurs have recruited Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama.
Considering the pair challenged last term, that will and should be the goal for Arsenal and Tottenham again this time around, but Aldridge doubts whether both will be involved in the title shake-up at the business end of the campaign.
"Champions Leicester may well finish outside of the top six this season as they embark on their first adventure in European competition and I have my doubts that both Arsenal and Tottenham can get into the mix for the title in the final weeks of the season," he told The Sunday World.
It promises to be a fiercely competitive season, with stellar names such as Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola all taking the reins at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.