But, having signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal, 21-year-old Wilshere claims he is not envious.
“No, I don’t think there’s any jealousy,” said Wilshere, who has previously promised he will never quit Arsenal.
“Maybe there’s jealousy that those two teams are currently at the top. But I don’t think they’re that far ahead of us.
“Quality-wise, I think that I heard Vincent Kompany say the best team he played this season was Arsenal.
“I’m not jealous of them. I know we’ve got the quality to get up there – we just have to be more professional, learn to see out games, and take our chances.”