Arsene Wenger told Arsenal needed four signings to launch title challenge
Kevin Kilbane says Arsenal needed three or four more signings to challenge for the Premier League title
Arsenal needed three or four more signings to have a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title, Kevin Kilbane has claimed.
The Gunners endured a largely frustrating summer transfer window despite making two additions to their squad for the 2017-18 season.
Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon to improve their attacking options.
Arsene Wenger added Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac to his squad in a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.
The Gunners sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to their direct title rivals Liverpool in a £40m deal on transfer deadline day.
Alexis Sanchez was on the brink of a move to Manchester City but Arsenal decided to keep the South American after failing to sign a replacement.
Arsenal have already made a poor start to the Premier League season to heap further pressure on Wenger.
The Gunners lost 4-0 to Liverpool in their last Premier League game to prompt criticism of both the manager and his players.
Former Republic of Ireland international Kilbane explained what needed to change at Arsenal in order to launch a title bid.
“Arsenal managed to get Alexandre Lacazette but have not backed that up and if anything they are going backwards; there is this negative feel around the place, whereas at the start of the window there was so much optimism,” Kilbane told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“You thought maybe three or four names would see them strengthen enough to even mount a title challenge – because this is a year they could have really thrown themselves at the Premier League.
“But they still haven’t sorted out that defensive midfield position, and Arsene Wenger and the club’s board have just let the uncertainty around Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil drift.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season.