Jack Wilshere says Arsenal must hit the ground running if they are to compete for the title next season.
The Gunners ended the campaign in superb form, picking up 26 points from a possible 30 as they secured a top-four place.
But Wilshere feels they must try to build up momentum in the opening months if they are to compete with the likes of Manchester United.
“The games earlier on don't decide our season but we have got to think that we have to win them, because that is what champions do,” he told Arsenal Player.
“The likes of Manchester United go away and win games and leave you thinking, 'they keep winning and winning' and at the end of the season the points tally shows that.
“That is what we have to do [to challenge for the title], and we also have to improve our record against the big teams. It has not been great this season and if you want to become champions you have to beat those sides.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source