Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the Premier League is becoming the “world championship of managers”.
And he will have to pull out all the stops if he wants to lift the title since his Invincibles conquered all before them in 2003-04.
The Frenchman will face old foe Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool, Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
And before the league starts for real in two weeks’ time, Wenger will face of with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich mentor Pep in a friendly on Sunday in Sweden.
The Gunners boss, though, insists he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
He says: “It’s great because it’s a little bit like a world championship of managers because all the best managers come to England to make our lives even more difficult.
“That’s what you want, for the Premier League to be interesting.
“The more we have quality managers, the more it will be interesting and create interest from the outside world.”
Arsenal won their friendly against Guadalajara Chivas 3-1 on Sunday night and Wenger was impressed by the fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The boss says of the attacking midfielder: “It’s a very important season for him.
“He has been out for a long, long time. He has been injured.
“That’s why I’m cautious with him.
“I hope I can get him through and fit for the start of the season. [He gives us] power, penetration.”