Former defender Sol Campbell isn’t convinced that Arsenal can win the Premier League title this season following their lack of activity in the transfer market, he told the Daily Mail.
The Gunners opted to make just the one addition in goalkeeper Petr Cech over the summer, a decision which has caused plenty of discussion as to whether it is enough to help them take the top-flight crown.
Writing in his weekly column for the Telegraph, Gary Neville criticised Arsene Wenger and claimed the Frenchman’s belief that current midfield duo Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are good enough is misplaced.
Indeed, ex-Arsenal centre-half Campbell has reluctantly agreed with that assessment, explaining to the Daily Mail that they need more experience in the middle and to bring in a special player.
“There was talk of Karim Benzema coming. And really if they want to win the Premier League, Arsenal need to push the boat out to get those special players who will make a difference. You can’t make one big signing. Everybody does that, and you never move on,” Campbell explained.
“In the middle they need experienced players. They needn’t be especially big. Patrick Vieira was big but Gilberto was not massive, and he did a wonderful job.”
The midfield duo of Cazorla and Coquelin have proved to be good enough so far, with the proof in the pudding being victories over Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in 2015.
However, there is a distinct lack of competition beyond those two in the middle and should an injury or suspension occur, Wenger will be forced to place a square peg in a round hole.
Arsenal’s rivals seemingly have an abundance of options all of the pitch, whereas the North Londoners are blessed with attacking quality but lack sufficient alternatives in the engine room.