Jermaine Jenas has commented on Arsenal’s title hopes this season.
The Gunners only made one signing in the summer, Petr Cech, a decision which may now hinder the club’s title aspirations following a number of injuries to key personnel.
The biggest absences are Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin, the latter in particular a fundamental cog in Arsenal’s midfield as he is arguably the only top-level holding midfielder they have on their books.
The French star has been ruled out for three months with a knee ligament injury, prompting a surge of negativity around the Emirates with regards to their aspirations of winning the title.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Jenas feels missing out on the title will be a result of their summer transfer dealings and pinpointed two players they should have gone in for.
"If Arsenal fail to win the title this season because of failing to strengthen adequately in the summer window - it's unforgivable, not signing someone to play alongside Coquelin,” he said.
“If they'd signed Morgan Schneiderlin or Sami Khedira, it would have made a real statement of intent. It's poor management."
Sami Khedira is a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 and a player who was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal before joining Serie A champions Juventus last summer.
The 28-year-old has an abundance of ability, yet his injury record is a major flaw and it’s perhaps understandable why the North Londoners opted not to pursue a deal.
Schneiderlin, however, is a mystery among Arsenal supporters.
The France international instead joined title rivals Manchester United and has gone on to play 11 Premier League matches thus far, averaging three tackles and 3.1 interceptions per match.
He undoubtedly would have been the perfect addition for Arsene Wenger’s men, and what perhaps is more is frustrating that they had ample time to negotiate a deal before United finally swooped in.