Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James feels Arsenal are still short of a title-winning team despite the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea during the summer, the London Evening Standard report.
The Czech Republic international has been superb for the Gunners so far this season, pulling off a number of fine saves to help his side collect 26 points from their opening 12 matches.
Despite lying level on points with league leaders Manchester City, David James feels Cech alone can’t help Arsenal to win the title, in spite of his sparkling form to date.
“The point of Arsene getting Petr Cech wasn't Cech isn't good, or better than Ospina, because he is in every department, however Arsenal's problem wasn't fundamentally the goalkeeper,” he said.
“I think they conceded 36 last year, their best before that was The Invincibles in 2004. The fact Cech has had to produce a number of outstanding performances already this season, kind of suggests there's still problems going on in front of him.”
When asked if Cech alone can prompt a title victory, James responded abruptly: “No, he can't make the difference to Arsenal winning the league.”
Short in key areas:
While there is no doubt Arsenal, when fully fit, are a match for anyone, their recent injury struggles have highlighted how short and vulnerable they are in certain areas.
Against Tottenham Hotspur in the recent 1-1 draw at the Emirates, the Gunners looked toothless up front and weak in the middle as Spurs simply overpowered them with strength and youthful exuberance.
One or two more additions in January could prove the difference, especially if Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin or Alexis Sanchez pick up a long-term injury.