Rene Meulensteen: Arsenal fall short because they lack a top striker

The former Fulham manager has stated that the Gunners should be in the market for a new centre forward this summer.

Arsenal’s improvement in the second half of the season has propelled the North London club into the running for second place in the Premier League and given them the chance to retain the FA Cup.

The Gunners will hope to put in a consistent title challenge next season and were only a couple of results away from running Chelsea close for top spot this term.

Despite the markable improvement in the North London side in recent months, former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has stated that Arsene Wenger’s men lack of a clinical striker.

The Dutch coach has stated that Arsenal should be in the market for a new predatory centre forward in the off season to boost their hopes of becoming English champions.

“I still think they are looking for a real top, top striker,” Meulensteen told talkSPORT.

“One that they know they count on every week, week in week out, as soon as they get a chance in the box – bang, they put it away.

“They need to learn to scrape one nil wins. We all know how great the football they can play is, but sometimes that leaves them short with results at the end.”

Olivier Giroud has come in for criticism after inconsistent form for the Gunners, but has been much improved in recent months and played an important role in the side’s march up the table.

Wenger also has the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez to play through the middle if needed, but transfer rumours linking the Gunners to new forwards continue to crop up in the British media

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