Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his belief that the Premier League is capable of producing more shock title winners in the coming years.
Leicester City have defied all odds this season to be crowned Premier League champions, with the Foxes celebrating their achievement on Saturday after receiving the trophy following their win over Everton.
While the usual title contenders have all toiled this year, it has allowed a well-built and well-managed side to emerge from the pack and seal an unlikely triumph.
Wenger doesn’t believe that this is the last time we’ll see a surprise champion in the near future, as with the money being generated across the league, all clubs now have an ability to attract top players from around the world to make it more of a level playing field.
“The big question mark is what happened with Leicester can happen again because first of all every English team can buy players,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“And maybe a team that nobody expects now will come next season and surprise everyone. All the English clubs have the money to buy now.
“Clubs down our league can buy the best players in France, Spain and in Italy. So they have the potential to build a big team.”
Naturally, it won’t be as easy as throwing money at the squad and believing that it will be enough to win the Premier League, as Claudio Ranieri and his players have shown this year much more is required to play at a consistent level and keep setting the pace.
Nevertheless, Wenger makes a valid point to an extent as clubs such as West Ham United and Southampton for example are making big strides, while Leicester and Tottenham will be expected to be back again competing at the top.
However, it is still difficult to see how order won’t be restored next season, with Chelsea and Manchester City welcoming Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola respectively, while the Gunners and Manchester United will be expected to improve along with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who have shown some promising signs this season.