Arsene Wenger reveals how many Arsenal signings new manager will need
The Arsenal boss believes the Gunners will need two or three new signings to challenge for the title next term
Arsene Wenger believes the next Arsenal manager will require two or three additions to the Gunners squad in the summer transfer window.
The 68-year-old head coach is set to stand down at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season following another disappointing domestic campaign.
The Gunners are set to finish in sixth place in the Premier League table this season to miss out on Champions League football for the second successive campaign.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 and their sixth-placed finish will be their worst in Wenger’s 22-season reign.
The Gunners have struggled defensively this season after conceding 46 times in 36 games, while Arsenal have only managed to win three of their 17 away fixtures in the Premier League.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday morning about what signings Arsenal will need in the summer transfer window, Wenger said:
“The squad doesn’t need much, There is huge potential in there and good spirit.
“There’s a good basis. We need two or three additions and this team will compete for the title next season. We don’t need massive spending. You are seeing defenders go for £70million. It is difficult to know what is a lot.”
Arsenal lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid over two legs in the Europa League semi-final to miss out on the chance to win their first European trophy under Wenger in his final season.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Arsenal finished the season unbeaten.
Arsenal have the FA Cup in three of the past five seasons under Wenger to make the Frenchman the competition’s most-decorated coach.