Johan Djourou says Arsenal are little pieces away from Premier League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The former Gunner believes Arsenal are close to being title challengers.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has told the Daily Mail that Arsenal are little pieces away from being Premier League title challengers.

Arsenal endured a difficult campaign this past season as they once again failed to challenge for the title.

They started the season strongly and topped the table at the end of 2015 as they looked like genuine contenders.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

A disastrous 2016 saw them fall away though as Leicester City ended up as unlikely Premier League champions.

Their failure to challenge led to a lot of criticism from the club’s fans, with many believing that an overhaul of the squad is needed.

Djourou does not agree though, saying that he feels his former side are just a few little pieces away from competing.

“They haven’t won it for a long time. That hurts them. It’s not like they don’t want to win,” Djourou told Sportsmail.

 “Every time they don’t win they are criticised for not winning more than any other club. But there are a lot of positive things; they are just missing some little pieces to the puzzle. I’m sure they will get it right.”

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One of the little pieces that the Gunners will surely look to add will be a prolific striker this summer.

That area of the team struggled again this past season, as the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott failed to take full advantage of the creative powers of Mesut Ozil.

Indeed, it seems it is something that Wenger is aware of too, with a £20million move for Jamie Vardy reportedly on the cards.

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