Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is backing the Gunners to improve on their last two seasons under Mikel Arteta this time around – but will still miss out on Champions League football.
With the new Premier League season less than a week away, pundits and fans everywhere are making their predictions on who will be champions and who will make the top four.
Wilshere is the latest to make his predictions – selecting what he thinks will be the Premier League top six come May next year.
Appearing on talkSPORT, the former England star believes that only Chelsea will finish in the coveted Champions League spots out of the London clubs, with Arsenal just missing out and Spurs not even in the top six.
“Manchester City will win it,” he said.
“I would prefer Man United to win it, but I think they’ll 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.”
He added that a lot can still change before the transfer window opens and urged his beloved Gunners to sign Tammy Abraham, who has been linked with a move from Chelsea.
But it was another England international who Wilshere thought held the key to winning the Premier League.
“Whoever signs Declan Rice becomes the title favourites,” he said. “I’d include Arsenal in that. If they had Partey and Rice next to each other, they could just let the front five run wild.”
Currently a free agent, Wilshere spent 17 years at Arsenal before moving to West Ham in 2018 and most recently took in a spell at Bournemouth before being released this summer.
Source by Football London