Martin Keown predicts ‘exciting’ summer for Arsenal in transfer market
Martin Keown reveals where he things Arsenal need to strengthen this summer
Martin Keown is backing Arsene Wenger to strengthen his Arsenal side in the right areas this summer as the Frenchman bids to transform the Gunners into title contenders.
The north London side kept up their recent fine run of form with a 3-1 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Monday night to move to within three points of second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand.
A slow start to the Premier League season left Wenger’s men with an uphill task to catch Chelsea despite their recent run of nine wins out of their last 10 games.
Former Arsenal defender does not feel that the Gunners are in need of a radical overhaul this summer but rather a small number of signings in key positions.
Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “Arsenal have an excellent squad but there is room for improvement. In the last two years they have signed superstars from Real Madrid and Barcelona without having to worry about selling key players in the opposite direction.
“It could be an exciting summer for the fans and with the right signings they can really push Chelsea next season.”
He continued: “If Wojciech Szczesny is not going to be Arsenal’s number one then a new goalkeeper is paramount.
“David Ospina has done well so if he keeps the gloves, it’s not the end of the world. But Arsenal have the financial strength to go out and get a top goalkeeper.
“In Francis Coquelin, Wenger was almost gifted a key player. He has given Arsenal’s midfield a fantastic balance but if he gets injured, that could spell trouble.
“You ideally want two good players in each position and Arsenal need another big personality in that midfield.”
Keown added: “There is [also] certainly space for a small, pacy goal-scorer. A real fox in the box.”
Arsenal, who face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this month, take on Swansea City in their next Premier League game on Monday night.
The Gunners will finish second in the table if they can win their remaining four Premier League matches.