Liverpool legend Michael Owen believes that Chelsea will be crowned Premier League champions this coming season, with Arsenal set to miss out on a top four spot, Express reports.
Owen, who also had a stint at Manchester United, tips the Blues to come out on top after securing the signing of Atletico Madrid goal-machine Diego Costa.
Writing for BetVictor, Owen wrote: “I felt the Achilles heel for Jose Mourinho’s side last season was the inability of their strikers to score goals.
“I feel recent £32m signing Diego Costa is the final piece of the jigsaw for the West London outfit and I fully expect his goals to change a very good side into a title-winning one.
“Ironically the Club have never adequately replaced Blues’ legend Didier Drogba and whilst the Ivorian is not going to be the same player second time around I expect him to pick up his fair share of goals and have a positive effect around the Club.”
On the other hand, Owen has also boldly predicted that Arsenal will not be a top four team for the first time since the appointment of Arsene Wenger.
“Despite the fact that Liverpool have lost the best player in the League and will have European football to contend with next term I still think they will finish above Arsenal in the battle for what I believe is the final Champions League position.”
Owen had a spectacular career during his time at Liverpool from 1996-2004, scoring 158 goals in 297 appearances.