Samir Nasri is never shy of saying a few words and he has disclosed who he feels will be the closest challengers to Manchester City's Premier League title.
‘I think Chelsea will be the biggest threat. For me, Arsenal still have a weakness in defensive mid and at centre-back,’ he says without any thought of shirking the issue.
‘Chelsea’s signings have really caught my eye. Cesc Fabregas is a great replacement for Frank Lampard, I know that from playing with him at Arsenal. They had a weakness up front so they've signed Diego Costa who was great for Atletico Madrid last season. They lost Ashley Cole but bought in Filipe Luis.
‘They have also done their business fast so the players have had time to spend working together. They will be really dangerous.’
However, whilst Chelsea chased Manchester City all the way for the title last season, Liverpool were even closer, losing out on the last day of the season.
Though Nasri feels Liverpool losing their star striker, Luis Suarez, will have a negative impact.
‘Liverpool have bought a lot of players but they have also lost (Luis) Suarez and it’s really hard to replace a guy like this.
‘For Arsenal, Sanchez has the quality, but the Premier League is not La Liga. It is really, really hard.
‘We saw that with Mesut Ozil last year. We expected a lot from him and at the start of the season he was brilliant. But he found out when every other league has a break in December, you carry on playing in England.
'It is tough and I think players need a year to adapt. We had the same with Stevan Jovetic at City. He had a lot of injuries in his first year, now he’s come back second time around and is flying in pre-season.
‘The only player I know who came in from abroad and made an impact during his first season was Sergio Aguero at City. The rest at some point have all had their ups and downs.’
Nasri also found the time to speak up on Man City's credentials, explaining that whilst Chelsea had improved, so had his team.
‘I think we have the best squad,’ he states. ‘We have four strikers that I would qualify as world class – Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, Jovetic and Aguero.
‘Then we have four on the wing in Jesus Navas, David Silva, James Milner and myself. We have Yaya Toure who can score 20 goals and have improved the group from last year with some players at the back which was our weakness.’