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Louis Saha predicts four teams will finish above Arsenal next campaign

Louis Saha has predicted Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United & Chelsea will all finish above Arsenal in the Premier League next campaign.

Arsenal were close to winning their first league title since 2004 last season, eventually finishing five points behind Man City.

The Gunners will look to build on the promising campaign next year after a summer in which they hope to welcome Declan Rice and Kai Havertz to the Emirates.

Arsenal’s poor form towards the end of last campaign allowed City to overtake Mikel Arteta’s side and win a third consecutive Premier League title.

Saha believes Liverpool will emerge as Man City’s biggest rivals next season but is backing Chelsea & former club Man United to also finish above Arsenal.

Chelsea and Liverpool both underwhelmed last year, with the Blues finishing 12th and Liverpool failing to qualify for the Champions League for only the second time under Klopp.

Asked who he expects to be Man City’s biggest rival for the title next season, Saha told Betfred: ‘I believe that Liverpool are going to be up there and will most likely be the main threat.

‘Everybody will probably say Arsenal because of what they did last season, but even if they make some good signings this summer, I’ll still be surprised if they finish ahead of Man City, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea next season.’

Dimitar Berbatov, meanwhile, has tipped the Red Devils to challenge Man City for the title next campaign along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Asked if he believes United will rival City next campaign, Berbatov told Betfred: ‘They need to be because Erik ten Hag is now fully knowledgeable about everything that’s going on at the club and his debut season is now over.

‘Erik’s expectation, the club’s expectation and the fan’s expectation should be to win the Premier League title next season.

‘Of course it’s going to be tough with what Manchester City have done this year, but Manchester United’s motivation should be to stop their domination.

‘I believe it will be difficult for Manchester City next season because not only Manchester United, but the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool will be competing with them also.

‘I know Chelsea had a difficult campaign, but they’ll be better next season under Mauricio Pochettino.

‘It’s going to be very interesting to see which club presents Manchester City with the biggest challenge.’

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