Keown: The warning Arsenal were given earlier this week

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has stressed what the defeat against Swansea showed about his old club.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown told the Daily Mail he feels the club’s defeat against Swansea earlier this week showed something about the current side.

The former England centre back feels that Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat shows that the club isn’t quite there in terms of being a serious challenger to Chelsea for the Premier League title next season.

The Gunners had much of the game against the Swans, but weren’t able to convert the pressure they accumulated over the course of the game into goals and a positive result for the club.

“Arsenal dropped their guard against Swansea on Monday. It was a warning that they are not there yet – they still need to reinforce that squad and they need to make sure they finish in third place to avoid those Champions League qualifiers at the start of the season,” he said.

Arsenal are competing against Manchester City to finish second behind Chelsea in the league and they will draw level on points with Manuel Pellegrini’s team if they win their game in hand.

A place in the Champions League for next year is secure, but Arsene Wenger will want to avoid playing extra games before the new season in the form of Champions League qualifying games.

Second place would also represent progression for the club based on last season, but the ultimate aim for the manager and the fans is to be a serious challenger for the title.

Arsenal have the resources to be able to go after some very good players in the transfer market and it’s now important that they make the most of that to bring in players who will improve their squad, giving them a better chance of winning games like the one against the Swans earlier this week.

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