Arsenal defender Johan Djourou believes the race for the Barclays Premier League title has been extended from the Fab Four to the Super Six.
And the Swiss international is confident the Gunners – without a trophy for six years – can right the wrongs of last season, and emerge triumphant once again.
Manchester City and Spurs have broken into the top bracket in recent seasons, making the best league in the world a six-horse race these days.
"I agree," Djourou told Arsenal.com. "It was always going to be the case. For the past decade it has been the same teams but now the money comes in at a team like Man City and they spend a lot to deliver. Tottenham as well are making ground, they have got some great players too.
"You have to fight and that's what makes the English league so good to watch because there is competition. We know there are favourites but there are outside teams who can make trouble."
Reflecting on the 'so near, yet so far' traumas of last season, Djourou reiterated his belief that the Gunners will be better prepared for the experience, and hopes that success is just around the corner.
At one point last season, Arsenal were in the hunt for four titles, but saw each one slip from their grasp, one by one – mainly because they couldn’t finish off the so-called lesser teams.
"As players we have to be on our toes but I think Arsenal is still on top because even if I look at last season, the problem before was that we couldn't beat the biggest teams but last season we didn't have any problem with that.
"So I think we just need to get those little things right and it will be great for us."