Arsène Wenger believes the Premier League title race could be more open than ever following an unprecedented changing of the guard at the top.
Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini has replaced Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and David Moyes is now in charge of champions Manchester United.
Wenger is unsure what effect this will have once the campaign gets underway on Saturday, but he thinks it will heighten interest in the top flight.
“The fact that of the four top teams last year, three have changed manager will certainly create the most interest to see how they all respond to that,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
“You have less questions about Mourinho returning to Chelsea because he already knows the club and they are a stable team.
“These teams changed managers but there is a stability there [in terms of the players] so that shouldn’t create too much uncertainty.
“Pellegrini has a lot of experience, David Moyes has a lot of experience and Mourinho as well, so they will handle it very well.
“Let's not expect presents from these clubs because that would be the wrong way to go into the championship. Let's just think they will be as strong as ever and make sure that we are strong.”
Wenger is looking forward to Saturday’s opening game against Aston Villa and admits it is tough to assess how the season will pan out.
“Recently I spoke with some managers and they think it will be more open than ever,” he said. “Maybe they are right because it is difficult to make any predictions.
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“One of the interests in the Premier League is that compared to all the other championships - Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Scotland, where you can predict with a 50 per cent chance of success of who will win the league - in England what makes it great is that it is unpredictable.
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