Arsenal are currently three years away from winning the Premier League title according to former player Stan Collymore.
The ex-Liverpool striker was writing in his column for the Mirror when he said, “Wenger’s current team look about three years away from being able to challenge for top spot.
“But some big, clever signings could change that. So I hope the Frenchman surprises us all by taking the market by storm.”
So how right is Collymore? And which players does Wenger need to sign to turn the perennial nearly-men into champions once again?
In terms of the first point he does appear to be spot-on, not because of any lack of quality in the Arsenal team, but in their lack of numbers and the absence of a world-class striker.
With their current squad Arsenal can become a very effective cup team, as they proved last season. But when it comes to the 38-game challenge of a Premier League campaign, they are currently lacking.
That says as much about their rivals as it does about the Gunners. After all, Manchester City have tremendous strength-in-depth, while Chelsea are getting there and Manchester United are going to spend big this summer.
With his current side, Wenger could simply wait for them to mature, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sure to get better with age.
But with the right additions, they could speed up that process, meaning a new defensive midfielder in the mould of Sami Khedira or William Carvalho is needed, along with a quality striker such as Jackson Martinez or Karim Benzema.
Then there is the right-back issue, with Serge Aurier arguably the best option.
And if those players arrive, Collymore could be right on both counts: Arsenal may not be ready to be champions in their current guise, but with the right additions they have every chance.