Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has given his opinion on the big transfer sagas of this summer. The four-time Premier League winner with Arsenal feels it is unlikely that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will join the Gunners this summer. However, he does expect Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to join Chelsea.
"I think Rooney has a chance of going to Chelsea but I'm not sure about Suarez," Dixon is quoted in the Express. "I just don't see him going to Arsenal to be honest. I think if he is going to go anywhere it will probably be to Real Madrid."
In terms of title contenders for the next season, Dixon considers it premature to make any predictions until the transfer window closes on 31 August.
"I don't think we can nail our colours to the flag with the title race until the transfer window is over," he continued. "I still think there is a bit of business to be done, and I think there will be a few big signings just before the end of the deadline."
Dixon made 616 appearances for Arsenal in a career that lasted between 1987 and 2002. Along with his four Premier League winners medals, Dixon has won the FA Cup three times - the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup once and the League Cup once.
The player identifies Manchester City as the early front-runners in the title race having already made a few big signings.
"I will be interested to see how the big teams start because certainly Manchester City have spent big so far, and the rest are flagging behind as far as spending is concerned," Dixon explained.
However, as he claimed before, there are a few signings yet to be made and the title race this season will be tough to call.
"It's probably going to be one of the tightest run races in a long time," he concluded. Arsenal takes on Manchester City in their next Pre-Season friendly on 10 August. The game represents an early indication of how closely matched the teams are in quality at this early stage of the campaign.