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 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.