Jack Wilshere has spoken of the importance of Arsenal finishing second in the Premier League in the wake of his return from injury against Hull.
“The last few seasons we’ve finished fourth, so to finish two places ahead of that would be a massive progression for us and hopefully will give us confidence going into next season.”
The Gunners are level on points with current occupants Manchester City with a game in hand and that’s enough to earn them 1/2 favouritism in the race for the 2014/15 silver medal.
City are 9/5 to retain their standing, while Manchester United are 200/1 to usurp the aforementioned twosome in the race for second place.
Arsenal’s first best-of-the-rest finish in ten years would represent a substantial step forward, yet does ending the campaign as runners up mean entering the following season’s title shake-up as Wilshere no doubt hopes?
The good news for the Gunners and their mercurial midfielder is that, across the last decade, finishing second has often been followed by a league title.
Precisely half of runner-ups in the last ten completed seasons went on to claim the title the next season – Arsenal are 7/2 to follow their example in 2015/16.
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