Arsene Wenger admitted to feeling regretful after seeing Leicester claim the Premier League trophy last season and believes any one of eight teams could win this year.
The Gunners finished in second place, but a massive ten points adrift of the Foxes. They had started the season as one of the favourites for the title and may well have picked up their first league trophy since 2004, had it not been for Leicester’s fairy-tale run.
While they edged their more realistic title challengers, Wenger feels he could not have predicted Leicester coming anywhere close to being crowned champions.
“Who expected Leicester to be champion last season? Nobody,” he told reporters.
“So you would say today to take into account seven or eight teams who can win it. There is always a surprising team, and then you have six or seven big clubs who have the ambition to win it.
“All the big clubs experienced last season a regret and a feeling of guilt but that would take something away from Leicester, who had an exceptional season.
“When you lose only three games in a season in a difficult league like that, you are a fantastic champion.
“(There is) guilt because you would not have predicted Leicester win the league, so all the other teams would say ‘We should have come in front of Leicester’.
“You would understand you could lose against City, United, Liverpool or Tottenham – not Tottenham – the other big clubs, but you should beat Leicester. But they had an exceptional season and you have to congratulate them.”