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Wilshere aiming to finish above Arsenal

20 Jul 2019

West Ham midfielder feels a better start to the season can lead to a challenge for the top six

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Jack Wilshere is confident West Ham United can finish above Arsenal in the Premier League this season.

Wilshere, who only managed eight Premier League appearances in 2018/19 due to injury, feels a better start to the season can help West Ham challenge for the top six.

"That has to be our target, but the Premier League, you know what it is like, you have to fight every game, every week," the midfielder said after the Hammers' 1-0 defeat by Newcastle United in the Premier League Asia Trophy third-place playoff.

"Our problem last year was not against the big teams, it was against the other teams where we dropped points.

"We need to make sure we start right, last year we started badly, lost the first four games and then we are playing catch-up and it is difficult."

Consistency key

Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal as Newcastle beat West Ham 1-0.

And Wilshere, who came on in the second half along with Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini, says West Ham must be consistent in every match.

"I am not saying we are going to win the Premier League, but we want to push as high as we can.

"We beat Arsenal last year, we beat [Manchester] United, we beat Chelsea, so we know we can beat them.

"It's against the smaller teams where we need to focus more and pick up points."

Premier League Asia Trophy matches

Wednesday 17 July, Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 
Newcastle 0-4 Wolves
Man City 4-1 West Ham

Saturday 20 July, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai 
Newcastle 1-0 West Ham
Wolves 0-0 (3-2) Man City

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