Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger challenged his side to run Chelsea close for the Premier League title next season after showcasing their credentials with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Hull.
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and another from Aaron Ramsey completed the damage in a devastating first half performance, with Hull’s consolation coming through Stephen Quinn’s header.
Arsenal are 11 games unbeaten after a stellar Premier League run in recent months, and Wenger has implored his players to maintain their consistency to mount a serious challenge next campaign.
“Chelsea are worthy winners this season because they have been the most consistent team of all. Let’s finish the season well, prepare well for next season and give them a good fight,” said the Gunners’ boss.
“I’m always optimistic. In our job, if you are pessimistic you don’t go far. I feel that we have made progress.”
The Gunners’ form in the first half of the season was patchy by comparison, and Wenger cited a lack of preparation time before the season as a defining factor in their ultimately feeble title bid.
He said: “Not all of these players were available at the start of the season. Many came back with problems after the World Cup.
“We maybe found a better balance between going forward and defending in the second half of the season.”