Gallas predicts next year’s PL winners as he takes aim at ex-club Arsenal

Former Arsenal defender William Gallas has predicted who he believes will win the Premier League title next season and dismissed his old team as “not a big club”.

Gallas won the top-flight twice with Chelsea, also turning out for the Gunners and for Tottenham Hotspur over the course of his career in England.

Manchester City stormed to their third league title in four years this season, finishing 12 points ahead of closest challengers Manchester United.

It appears that next year’s title race could be much closer, with Thomas Tuchel turning around Chelsea’s fortunes since replacing Frank Lampard as Blues boss.

And Gallas believes it will be Tuchel’s men who will lift the Premier League next term, provided they sign a new striker in the summer transfer window.

“I predicted one of the London clubs would win the title last year but it didn’t happen and I was a little disappointed,” Gallas told 888sport.

“Chelsea have the best chance of winning the Premier League next season because of how they played in the Champions League, every team will be afraid.

“If Chelsea buy a world-class striker, they will win it. From those three, Chelsea have the best chance.”

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Gallas captained Arsenal during his time at the Emirates Stadium, but slammed his former club after they experienced their worst season in 25 years.

Under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners finished eighth, 25 points behind champions City and missing out on European football.

That lack of European competition has led to their former captain not including Arsenal in his list of big Premier League clubs.

“To be a big club, you have to qualify for the Champions League – only big clubs qualify for the Champions League,” Gallas said.

“That’s why City, United, Chelsea and Liverpool qualified. Not Arsenal and Tottenham – they are not big clubs.

“OK, Arsenal is a big club with history but it’s been a long time since they won the Premier League so they need to get back. And Tottenham, it is a long, long time since they won the league.”

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