Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas believes we have already closed the gap significantly on Chelsea, but if we want to make up the ground next season then we have to bring a midfielder, a goalkeeper, and possibly a striker to the club.
We are on course to potentially finish second in the Premier League this season, and we have an excellent chance of retaining the FA Cup – with just Aston Villa at Wembley standing between us and the trophy.
Our form in 2015 has been nothing short of brilliant, and if we can keep performing at this level then we will almost certainly be challenging for the Premier League next season.
We could still arguably do with a few signings this summer however, and Nicholas believes he knows exactly what and who we need.
“Arsenal have already closed the gap this season and you could see in the 0-0 draw between them the other week that Chelsea now have respect for them – they know they’re a good side and they’re getting closer,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“I’m only really concerned about two positions – a strong, holding midfield player like Morgan Schneiderlin is needed, plus a big-time goalkeeper. If a top-class goalkeeper becomes available, such as Petr Cech or Iker Casillas, they have to take it, because that experience would be enormous.”
The player turned pundit says we could also be in the market for a striker, but believes Arsene Wenger will only make movements in the window if the right player comes along.
He believes that Villarreal’s Luciano Vietto would be the perfect signing, claiming he would fit in well at the Emirates.
“I don’t think Wenger particularly wants or needs a new striker – we can win the league with Olivier Giroud. But if we are to get one in, rather than go for a big name, I’d like to see us target Luciano Vietto, the young Argentinian lad at Villarreal,” he continued.
“He’s an Arsenal type of player – he’s all about good movement, but his touch is good too and I think we could get him at a good price. He might need a bit of time to adapt, but he’s got so much potential.”
His final thoughts were on current players and their contracts, insisting that we had to keep Theo Walcott happy, and tie the England international down to a new contract.
“We also need to re-sign Theo Walcott and keep him happy,” the ex-Gunner finished.
The priority this summer should definitely be a midfielder, as despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin, we are still badly in need of a dominant destroyer type player.
A goalkeeper is important, although arguably not as vital. We still have two decent shot-stoppers in Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, although it’s an area we could definitely improve in.
Picking up another forward could prove more important, especially with Wenger recently confirming that exits were likely (via the Telegraph). Vietto could prove to be a solid addition to the squad, although with Wenger also claiming that he would only be in the market for world-class players this summer (via Sky Sports), he may be looking towards bigger names.