Hazard: Arsenal, United our closest challengers

Matt Stead

Eden Hazard has named the two clubs who pose the biggest threat to Chelsea in their quest for the Premier League title this season.

The Belgian has spoken to Sky Sports’ Thierry Henry ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, and believes the Gunners are one of the two sides who will push the Blues all the way.

“I think Arsenal and Manchester United [are the biggest title rivals],” he told the Sky Sports pundit.

“United had a bad first part of the season and I think for a couple of games now, they played well. They drew against Stoke, but they have good players and the squad is very good. The manager is good, so they will be second or third.

“Tottenham also are strong. We lost there, but for me it is more Manchester United. They are more experienced. That is my opinion, maybe I’m wrong.”

Hazard has shown strong signs of returning to his former self, scoring nine goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season.