Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has highlighted two of his club’s rivals to be stronger next season.
The England international has tipped Manchester United to bounce back from a disappointing season under David Moyes following the appointment of Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal as their new manager, and expects Liverpool to kick on from their unexpected title challenge from the past season.
Wilshere is quoted in London24, saying: “They’re obviously sending it out that they’re going to be up for it and they’re going to come back stronger.
“United have gone and got a top manager there and Brendan Rodgers is doing a great job at Liverpool and he obviously feels he can continue that and maybe go one step further next year.”
The 22-year-old expects the Premier League to get even more competitive next season.
He added: “I think that happens every year in the Premier League. The games gets faster, it gets harder and tougher, and we have to make sure every year we’re up there.”
Arsenal threatened to challenge for the title this season but their challenge fell away in March and April, but they finished on 79 points, seven points behind eventual champions Manchester City, so they’re not so far away themselves. They have also tasted the success of silverware for the first time in nine years which can only help the side going forward.
It seems as though that nobody is expecting Manchester United to have as bad a season as they did last term with United finishing 22 points off the pace and down in seventh place - whilst it is expected given the resources of Manchester City and Chelsea that they will be up there fighting for the title again.
The interesting one is Liverpool, as it is a little unknown as to how they will deal with the demands of Champions League football next season and whether they can sustain their impressive league form to go alongside their campaign in Europe.
Though as Wilshere highlighted, not being that far away from becoming champions could provide the impetus to try and take that one last step.
The World Cup is first up, but one can help but feel that next season’s Premier League is going to be amongst the most intriguing, yet.