Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the side could be serious title contenders next season as long as they hit the ground running at the start of the new campaign.

An impressive 2013 saw Arsenal go from seven points behind Tottenham and sitting in fifth, to finishing one point above Spurs and in fourth.

The change of fate came for Arsenal when they travelled to White Hart Lane and lost to Spurs 2-1 thanks to Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon goals. A result that left them seven points behind their fierce-rivals.

After that result, the Gunners went on a superb run and ended up picking up 26 points from a possible 30 and finished the season by securing a Champions League spot ahead of Tottenham.

It hadn't been a great season for Arsenal as they produced poor displays in all cup competitions and they were struggling in the league, but the final few months have given the players and the manager a boost ahead of the new season.

Returning midfielder Jack Wilshere believes if the side can start well next season, then there is no reason they cannot challenge for the title and give Manchester United a run-in for their 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,” he told Arsenal Player.

“The likes of Manchester United go away and win games and leave you thinking, 'they keep winning and winning' and at the end of the season the points tally shows that.

“That is what we have to do [to challenge for the title], and we also have to improve our record against the big teams. It has not been great this season and if you want to become champions you have to beat those sides.”


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