Carragher: Arsenal must strengthen these four positions for title challenge

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The Liverpool favourite feels Arsenal are just a few players off being genuine title challengers.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has emphasised that Arsenal's FA Cup defence has to be the beginning of grander plans, outlining four positions Arsene Wenger could still strengthen over the summer.

Sky Sports reference the pundit suggesting the spine of the team could still be improved, despite improvements being made in the squad in general, and that if available, Wenger has to pursue quality players in the manner Jose Mourinho did so successfully last summer.

“Wenger has been and still is a great manager but the next step has to be a proper title challenge at least,” Sky Sports has quoted Carragher as saying on Kicca.

“You see the players coming off the bench today shows the squad strength but the first 11 still needs an upgrade in goal, CB (centre-back), DM (defensive midfielder) and CF (centre forward).

“Arsenal in the last few months have looked like a top team and are only 3/4 players through the spine of the team away from Chelsea but, are those players out there? If so will Wenger make that statement with his signings that says we're going for the title like Jose (Mourinho) last year?”

Arsenal have strengthened three of those positions Carragher mentioned in the last 12 months, with David Ospina and Gabriel Paulista coming into the club to provide more competition in, while Francis Coquelin has returned from loan spells to look very much a Premier League quality player. It is obviously of the ex-England international's opinion that Arsenal can further improve on that trio.

However, the centre forward problem remains a conundrum for Wenger, with Olivier Giroud at times being unplayable this campaign, before embarking on a seven match run without scoring, which only ended when he tapped in the Gunners' fourth against Aston Villa at Wembley. Theo Walcott could well be given a chance as first choice centre forward next season given his recent impressive form, but the side are arguably still lacking a proven, 30 goals plus a season, world class striker.

Whether Arsene Wenger, or Arsenal fans agree with Carragher's observations remain to be seen, but there is no doubt that just a little tweaking could set Arsenal up for a genuine title challenge from the off next season.

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