Alan Smith comments on Arsenal’s signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on transfer deadline day

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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes that the acquisition of England international striker Danny Welbeck from Manchester United does not make the Gunners Premier League title contenders.

Arsenal gave themselves a boost for the 2014-15 Premier League campaign on transfer deadline day when they signed Danny Welbeck.

The injury to Olivier Giroud which is expected to keep him out of action until the New Year pushed Gunners manager Arsene Wenger into action. The Frenchman responded with the £16 million acquisition of the England international striker from Manchester United.

But that will not be enough for Arsenal to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the league title, according to club legend Alan Smith.

‘I don't think so’, the 51-year-old told talkSPORT when asked if Welbeck’s arrival has made Arsenal title contenders. ‘In all fairness, I still think they're short behind Chelsea and Manchester City’.

Smith then elaborated on what Arsenal are missing, explaining: ‘I would have liked to of seen a holding midfielder come in... I don't think that's a natural role for Arteta, I don't think it's his best role... I don't think he's got the legs to do it these days and that is an area where they're not going to be strong enough’.

Arsenal were linked with a number of defensive midfielders in the summer transfer window, including Real Madrid star Sami Khedira and Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho, but nothing concrete materialised.

There have also been criticisms of Arsenal’s defence, with many fans and pundits claiming that Wenger should have signed another centre-back. That did not happen either.

However, Arsenal do have a strong team and one of the most enviable attacking midfield line-ups in Europe. At the moment the North London club may not be one of the top favourites to win the Premier League title, but it would be unwise to write them off just yet.

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