Jamie Carragher: Don’t be fooled by Arsenal’s good form
Jamie Carragher feels that Arsenal still need to dip into the transfer market this summer ahead of next season
Jamie Carragher believes that Arsenal are still some way away from being serious title contenders and says that the Gunners are in need of significant reinforcements this summer.
The Gunners head into Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Emirates Stadium 10 points behind Jose Mourinho’s leaders.
It is not uncommon to see Arsenal finish a season with a string of good results
Arsenal have been in fine form in recent weeks and have won their last eight successive Premier League games.
However, former Liverpool defender Carragher says that the north London club still need to dip into the transfer market this summer if they are to launch a serious title bid next season.
Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “Don’t be fooled, Arsene. Don’t be caught out by this impressive run of form and think everything is in place for a crack at the title next year.
“It is not uncommon to see Arsenal finish a season with a string of good results. Usually they rattle out a sequence of wins just in time to preserve their place in the top four but too late to affect the destiny of the Premier League.
“The same thing has happened this year. Chelsea were relentless from the first whistle and have had the title race firmly under control since before Christmas.
“You just hope Wenger and Arsenal’s board don’t get fooled into thinking they have got all the tools they need at their disposal.
“This is not the time to be complacent. This is the summer when Arsenal must go for it and make the big additions that will stop them being nearly-men.”
Carragher feels that a new goalkeeper should be high up on Arsenal’s list of priorities this summer.
He added: “Results have been impressive since David Ospina replaced Wojciech Szczesny, who had failed to show the required consistency.
“Ospina has played 12 Premier League games; Arsenal have won 11 and he has kept six clean sheets, but Wenger still needs to buy a new number one if they are to be title challengers. Petr Cech would be an ideal candidate to come in.”
Arsenal are on course to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and the north London side also take on Aston Villa in next month’s FA Cup final.