Jack Wilshere reveals what the club needs to do to finish in the No.1 spot.
Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere believes that the club should be challenging for the Premier League title next year, but need to improve their form against the big sides.
The Gunners enjoyed a superb final 10 matches in the English top flight, taking 26 points from a possible 30 and securing Champions League football ahead of rivals Tottenham on the final day of the season.
Yet the end of the 2012/13 season signaled a spell of eight years at the Emirates without a trophy – their last piece of silverware being the 2005 FA Cup.
Although Arsenal have never failed to finish outside of the top four in the whole of manager Arsene Wenger’s 17-year reign at the club, Wilshere believes the side are strong enough to be fighting for the title.
“The games earlier on don’t decide our season but we have got to think that we have to win them, because that is what champions do,” the 21-year-old told the club’s website.
“The likes of Manchester United go away and win games.
“That is what we have to do [to challenge for the title], and we also have to improve our record against the big teams.”
Wilshere was just 12 the last time Arsenal lifted the Premier League trophy back in 2004 and the club’s 2011 Player of the Year is hopeful improved form against the ‘big’ sides will see that occasion happen again.
The top tier has changed significantly since the Gunners were last English champions however, with both Chelsea and Manchester City receiving an influx of foreign money in the last 10 years and securing their inaugural Premier League titles.