Dzeko: Chelsea are Manchester City's biggest threat

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international striker believes the Blues are top of the group of contenders for the Premier League title as his side prepare to face Arsenal

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has warned of the danger posed by Arsenal ahead of the match on Saturday – though he maintains Chelsea are his side’s biggest title rivals.

The Bosnian, who is set to line up for Manuel Pellegrini’s men at the Emirates Stadium after the international break, sees Arsene Wenger’s side as a genuine challenger for City’s Premier League crown.

“[The Arsenal game] will be difficult but I’m an optimist,” he told the club’s official website.

“As with every season, there are several teams that will battle for the title of champions in England.

“This season Chelsea might be the most serious challenger but we mustn’t ignore Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, or [Manchester] United, who will certainly be much stronger than last year. After all, everyone has got stronger and everyone wants to be first.”

The 28-year-old penned a new four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium in August and says that he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper after winning the Premier League and League Cup last season.

“The past season was one of the best in my career and, in the end, we reached the title of champions of England, the second in the past three seasons,” he enthused.

“We succeeded in winning the [League] Cup and I am really happy how everything played out in the past season, both for the club and for myself.

“As far as the contract, in general I had no dilemma around an extension. I am happy at City, the manager believes in me, which is certainly important, and I give my all on the pitch and altogether it means quite a lot to me because Manchester is a club with great ambitions and I easily decided to stay put.”

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