Wilshere: Arsenal must step up next season

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is expecting his side to have a big season and believes the fact that they have kept Arsene Wenger as their manager will be a big boost for their title chances come next May.

The 21-year-old believes the changes in managers at the top could give the Gunners their best opportunity yet at ending their trophy drought.

Out of the top-four teams from last season, Arsenal are only side to keep the same manager in Arsene Wenger as all Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all got new bosses for the new campaign.

Manchester United have to get over the loss of their most successful manage of-all-time as Sir Alex Ferguson has now retired from the game and has been replaced by ex-Everton boss David Moyes.

As for their rivals, after a trophy-less season, Manchester City decided to sack Roberto Mancini, the man who gave them their first Premier League title, and replaced him with Manuel Pellegrini.

Chelsea also lost their interim-manager Rafael Benitez and replaced him with club-legend Jose Mourinho who left Real Madrid in order to re-join his old club.

Jack Wilshere believes the changes in managers will help Arsenal and believes it will help them have a big season.

He told Sports Illustrated: "It's a big season ahead for us. A few of the other big teams have changed managers this season and we've got a manager who has been there a long time. He knows the league, so it's a big season for us, hopefully we can push on.

"We haven't won a trophy in seven or eight years. The fans are starting to realise that and we're feeling the pressure and we have to step up."

Wilshere also believes the current crop of Arsenal players are finally ready to challenge for silverware.

"I think we [are]. It's all about in England, the season's so long, you need a good squad, a strong squad. We could maybe add a few more players that when we're getting tired we can change things up.

"You look at the good teams, the big teams like Manchester United, who have won the league. They can do that regularly. I think that's a big thing in England. You have to have a big squad."


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