Laurent Koscielny has urged Arsene Wenger to spend big this summer, saying the team needs a right back, a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a high quality striker.
The centre-half qualified his remarks about the forward position by saying Olivier Giroud can thrive off the competition, but also suggested that greater quality in this area would make the team more competitive in the Premier League and in Europe.
Asked about the recruitment required, Koscielny told the Associated Press, “We’ll need a goalkeeper, a right back, a midfielder and a striker.
“It’s important to have a minimum of these four players so that we’ll be better able to challenge over the course of a whole season against teams like Manchester City, Chelsea or United.
“We need to recruit a very, very good striker, because it’s important for us, for competition for places, because Olivier needs that to become even better. Having a striker who scores more than 30 goals a season can help us win the Premier League.
“Compared to the squads like Manchester City, even United, Chelsea, you can see there’s a certain difference.”
It continues a theme from last summer when Arsenal’s players were very vocal about what they wanted the manager to add to the team, and this year it’s started even earlier.
However, Koscielny looks at this as a way to build on the FA Cup success, saying that winning a trophy will make the club more attractive to potential targets.
“Winning the FA Cup can change things and lead to other players coming. It was a relief for everyone. We felt a weight coming off us. We made the most of it when we celebrated our trophy, it was an extraordinary moment. Thanks to this trophy, we’ll be able to play more freely in the years to come without this pressure hanging over us, thinking ‘we must win a trophy.”
He also expressed his happiness about the fact Arsene Wenger signed a new contract, saying, “We’re all happy. He’s the one who brought me over here and gave me my chance. A lot of players owe him.
“It was important for us that he signed again.”