Former Arsenal boss outlines areas for side to improve

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George Graham thinks there are several areas that need strengthening, and didn't have many kind words for their striking options.

Former Arsenal manager George Graham has said that Arsene Wenger must splash the cash if the side are looking to kick on from a season where they ended their nine year trophy drought.

The Gunners won the FA Cup final the hard way against Hull City after coming from 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 win in extra time.

Graham has said that now they have won their first piece of silverware since 2005, that they need to get into the mindset of trying to win more trophies and strengthening the team.

He told TalkSport: “They have got to look at three parts of the team. They have to look at the defence. The two centre-halves have been pretty good this year, in little periods they have been excellent, but they are still vulnerable at set-pieces as they showed in the first ten minutes [against Hull].

“They have got a fantastic midfield, probably one of the best in the league, but they need an enforcer in there. They need a strong leader, like another [Patrick] Viera.”

The Scot also labelled the forward options at Arsenal as ‘embarrassing’. Olivier Giroud, who Graham says has been a good signing, has been their most prolific striker this season with youngster Yaya Sanogo also getting a couple of opportunities to lead the line. Lukas Podolski is also a player capable of leading the line but Graham has called for more quality up front, adding to several calls for Wenger to sign a new striker ahead of next season, and to buy 'special' players.

He added: “They apparently have lots of money to spend and they need to spend it very wisely and buy special players. Maybe players that are going to cost £30m, £40m, £50m, rather than taking a chance on a £10m, £12m player.”

Arsenal did smash their transfer record last summer when they paid Real Madrid in excess of £40m for Mesut Ozil, so they do have the financial muscle to pay big money on at least one player in the transfer window.

Whether that’s enough for them to keep building and progressing after a season which brought 79 points with a top four finish along with the FA Cup remains to be seen.

But if they do start splashing the cash, it would signal a massive statement of intent going into the next campaign.

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