Arsenal are arguably still short of a title-winning team.
With Tuesday’s 6pm transfer window deadline on the horizon, we take a look at what Arsenal need to do over the next 48 hours in order to boost their Premier League title aspirations.
The Gunners have opted for minimal transfer activity this summer, with the acquisition of Petr Cech from Chelsea their only major signing as they look to build on last season’s terrific late form.
However, doubts remain over a couple of areas and with one or two more additions in the right areas, they could be well equipped to finally provide a real title challenge.
Popular pundit Gary Neville recently told the Telegraph that the Gunners cannot win the title relying on Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, and in all honestly he is right.
The duo are excellent players and provide wonderful balance in midfield even in the very big games, illustrated by their performances in victories over Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in 2015.
However, they are extremely unlikely to be fit and available throughout the course of the campaign and an injury, suspension or even loss of form could put the club in big trouble.
Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and even Jack Wilshere do not have the defensive capabilities of Coquelin, leaving the club in a potentially vulnerable position.
The Gunners should have signed Morgan Schneiderlin, but despite opting against that there are still options out there for them in the form of Leverkusen ace Lars Bender and Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak.
The Mirror recently reported Arsenal’s interest in Bender, and considering the club have somewhat of a German contingent in North London, he is an obvious target who would represent good business.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is blessed with attacking options in wide areas and off the striker, but he faces a real problem in relying on centre-forward Olivier Giroud for the entire campaign.
Theo Walcott is not a centre-forward, and Danny Welbeck is not a prolific scorer.
Giroud’s attributes and ability is admirable, but he suffers from a lack of pace to drop deep and also go in behind making him somewhat more straightforward to play against and counter.
The prospect of signing Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is a dream, but a player of that mould is necessary and some could argue they seriously missed the boat by not signing Jackson Martinez.