Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier in the stands
Former player and current pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal would be in a stunning position should they sign Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette before the end of the summer transfer window, Sky Sports report.
Supporters at the Emirates Stadium are once again getting restless after Arsenal’s apparent refusal to spend big coupled with an opening day 4-3 home defeat to rivals Liverpool.
While fellow title challengers Manchester United and Manchester City are signing big-name players, the Gunners instead are refusing to pay over the odds despite changes to the current transfer market.
Germany's Shkodran Mustafi reacts after missing a chance to score
Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas suggested that boss Arsene Wenger needs to get with the times and adds the addition of Lacazette and Mustafi would leave the North London club in great shape.
"I have been a strong supporter of Wenger's philosophy since he came in but the transfer market has moved on so much in the last five years,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
"Wenger just needs to apply the finishing touches to his squad because he's done the hard work. If he gets Mustafi and Lacazette for £70m then he might not have to buy big again for two to three years, which would put them in a stunning position.
"Manchester United are spending close to a quarter of a billion pound each summer and Arsenal only need to pay a fraction of that once in a few years."
Prince Oniangue tackling Alexandre Lacazette
Arsenal have a talented squad, and it is easy to forget that Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck were all absent against Liverpool due to fitness issues.
However, there is no doubt that a new defender and forward would be welcome additions at the Emirates Stadium, and they could ultimately be the difference between winning the title or again missing out in disappointing fashion.
Mustafi is a Germany international who currently plays for Valencia, while Lacazete has been making big noises in France, topping Lyon’s scoring charts.