Speaking on TalkSport, Jack Wilshere has included Arsenal but has completely ignored Tottenham in his Premier League top-six prediction ahead of the start of the new season.
The Gunners had a year to forget last time out. We finished the campaign eighth and dropped out of Europe, making it our worst season in over a quarter of a century.
That simply cannot happen again this season. We have to get back into the Champions League and anything below that will be viewed as a failure. Sadly, Wilshere believes Arsenal will finish outside the top four.
Jack Wilshere: Arsenal will finish fifth, Tottenham not even in the top-six
He said: “Manchester City will win it. I would prefer Man United to win it but I think they come second. Chelsea third, Liverpool fourth, Arsenal fifth and Leicester sixth.
“I played against Man City so many times and it’s awful, it’s horrible. You can’t get the ball off them. Pep just gets them playing these little passes. If they get Harry Kane as well it’s over before we even start.
“Liverpool will have a better season than last year because [Virgil] van Dijk is back, but I just think Man City are just too good.”
The Insider’s View:
Based on how poor Arsenal were last season, it is understandable that people don’t expect a lot from us. However, everyone seems to forget how big of an advantage playing just once every week can be.
Yes, lack of European football is nothing to be proud of, but it can make a huge difference next season. Fatigue won’t be an issue, injuries will hopefully trouble us less and Mikel Arteta will have all the time in the world to get his tactics right.
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There really are no excuses for Arsenal. We have to finish in the top four next season. Anything short of that will be a massive failure, and it could potentially cost Arteta and even Edu their jobs.