Arsenal are on track for a top-four end (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC through Getty Photographs)
Glen Johnson believes Arsenal are making nice progress underneath Mikel Arteta however says they want no less than 5 signings in the summertime to begin difficult for the title.
Arsenal at the moment sit fourth within the Premier League desk forward of their conflict with Liverpool on Wednesday evening with Arteta hoping he can lead the membership again into the Champions League.
The Spaniard made the controversial choice to promote former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January and former England worldwide Johnson feels a brand new striker is only one of some positions they should strengthen in the summertime.
‘There’s completely no probability that anybody would’ve backed Arsenal for a prime 4 spot even two months in the past, not to mention the beginning of the season,’ Johnson advised Ladbrokes forward of the Cheltenham Pageant.
That they had such a foul begin, however Mikel Arteta deserves plenty of credit score, and what he’s carried out very nicely is do away with the unhealthy apples in that crew.
‘Some eyebrows had been raised when sure gamers went out the door, however he is aware of that squad significantly better than we do, and now look what the crew are doing – they’re clearly in a significantly better place each on and off the pitch with out a few of these gamers.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal host Liverpool on the Emirates (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Photographs)
‘The crew he’s bought in the mean time isn’t adequate to compete for the title – sure, they’re on a superb run proper now, however when you make the highest 4 and also you’re within the Champions League you’ve then bought to consider the subsequent step.
‘And in the event that they wish to shut that hole on the highest two or three within the league, they nonetheless want to enhance and herald reinforcements.
‘They definitely want a brand new striker within the subsequent switch window, after which a few midfielders and centre-halves.
‘Hear, they’ve bought some first rate gamers, however they’re not adequate to be competing with the very best within the division persistently.’
Arsenal have gained their final 5 league matches however the go to of Liverpool will likely be their greatest take a look at shortly.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds sit 4 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis however have a sport in hand and will likely be eager to take benefit after Metropolis dropped factors towards Crystal Palace.
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‘Proper now, you’ve bought to say it is a slippery fixture for Liverpool; if this sport was being performed a few months in the past, you’d put it down as a simple win – however I don’t assume that’s the case now,’ Johnson added.
‘Arsenal have discovered some type, they’re enjoying very well they usually’re profitable video games. They’re dogging out outcomes now, they usually didn’t have that spine a few months in the past.
‘They’ve bought themselves into fourth spot quietly, and I feel it’s going to be a extremely robust sport for Liverpool. If I needed to stick my neck out, I’d say Liverpool edge it 2-1.’
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