Arsenal legend Frank McLintock has said the club needs to make at least three signings before they can be considered strong enough to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
The Gunners have been pretty busy in the transfer market this summer having signed Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United, Calum Chambers from Southampton and sending out a statement of intent by recruiting Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
McLintock told TalkSport: “Arsenal need three more players to be serious Premier League title contenders. They need a centre-half, especially if Thomas Vermaelen is going, a big central midfielder and a centre forward.
“They were in a prime position last year to push on and win it [the title]. Giroud scored 22 goals last season, which is not bad at all, but he’s not a top centre forward. He did a good job but he was exhausted towards the end of the season. Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are not centre forwards.
“We also need a big central midfielder. There’s a lack of height in Arsenal’s team and they always seem vulnerable at free-kicks and corners. Arsenal need a big Patrick Vieira type.”
Vermaelen is close to joining Barcelona according to reports and manager Arsene Wenger has been quoted suggesting he would need to replace the defender, whilst the Gunners boss appears relaxed over the forwards he has at his disposal.
Though Alexis Sanchez has played in a wider position for both Chile and Barcelona, there are suggestions he could play through the middle if required.
In addition, Arsenal do have some top quality central midfielders but there hasn't been anyone in the mould of Vieira at the club ever since he departed - but players of his quality seldom come round all of the time.