Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison has revealed his high hopes for his old team next season, via his reply to someone else’s tweet.
The former Wales international has actually left his coaching position at the London Stadium this summer for a post with Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.
However, that hasn’t diminished his high hopes for the Hammers next time out: “Had this argument on the weekend
#COYI,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account on Thursday.
The 30-year-old was replying to a tweet which read: “I said it already. West Ham finish above Arsenal next season!”
We’re starting to get to the stage where West Ham are legitimate contenders to gatecrash the established order. They have a world class manager with Premier League-winning experience in Manuel Pellegrini, while they have a terrific squad of players that has been significantly improved this summer. Yes, they lost attacker Marko Arnautovic, but they replaced him with a club record signing in Sebastien Haller who has a far superior goalscoring record over his career than the Austrian international. Plus, they replaced back up goalkeeper Adrian with two solid free agent shot-stoppers, and secured the signature of hugely exciting Spanish international Pablo Fornals from Villarreal. This summer has seen the Hammers undoubtedly make a huge step forward. Arsenal, meanwhile, are in disarray. They are yet to make a significant signing, while there is massive uncertainty surrounding the futures of captain Laurent Koscielny and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. There’s no reason to think, then, as Collison clearly does, that West Ham can’t finish above their London rivals next term.