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Arsenal legend tells Arsene Wenger what not to do this summer

Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn has advised Arsene Wenger not to leave major signings to the last minute - and thinks Arsenal need four or five new faces.

Arsenal’s challenge for the Premier League title last season fell on hard times in the run-in, but morale at the Emirates is nonetheless high heading into the summer.

The Gunners at last vanquished a trophy drought that stretched back to 2005 with a dramatic win over Hull in the FA Cup final, and look primed to push for more success next term.

But before chasing more silverware the North London outfit have needs to fill with new squad additions.

Last summer fans became increasingly disgruntled as Arsene Wenger had made only one signing by August 28 - the Bosman capture of inexperienced striker Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre.

Mathieu Flamini also eventually arrived late on, whilst Arsenal seemingly redeemed themselves by smashing their transfer record to land Mesut Ozil for £42.5million on deadline day.

And one-time Gunners favourite Nigel Winterburn - a Premier League and FA Cup champion under Wenger at Arsenal - has suggested his former boss should get his business done early this time around.

He told talkSPORT: “A lot of people will be frustrated if we go into the last week of the transfer window and Arsene hasn’t made any major signings.”

Arsenal’s priority this summer remains a striker to supplement Olivier Giroud, whilst a defensive midfielder is seen as a requirement along with a requirement for the outgoing Bacary Sagna.

“A lot of people are talking about three players that would really strengthen them,” Winterburn continued. “Obviously they need another centre-forward, if not two.

“People are talking about the right-back situation and maybe bringing in a strong holding midfielder. There are four or five positions [to upgrade].”

Wenger reportedly has £100million at his disposal to bolster his side ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, though it remains to be seen how the Frenchman will go about making improvements in the coming months.

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