Summer signings could lift Arsenal to new level, say Sunday Supplement panel

Last Updated: 18/05/14 12:42pm

Arsenal are just two players away from being 'as good as anybody', agreed the Sunday Supplement panel.

Arsene Wenger's side ended their nine-year trophy drought on Saturday by beating Hull 3-2 in the FA Cup final.

"They have a young, British core that's very strong. Add in Mesut Ozil and a top striker and they can be contenders."

Jeremy Wilson

The victory has sparked discussion about whether the North London side can now go on to be serious challengers in the Premier League and Champions League on the back of that success - and Neil Ashton's guests on the show believe that is possible, should Wenger spend wisely this summer.

For the Daily Mail's Matt Lawton the main area to address is the defence.

"This Arsenal team is lacking the key defensive figures of the past," he said.

"There was a reason why they went an entire season unbeaten and that was because they were superb defensively. But Arsenal are rather like the Liverpool team at the moment. They're brilliant going forward but both Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger need to address the defensive issue this summer.

"But, if he can sort that out at the back then they're as good as anybody."

Contenders

Daily Telegraph journalist Jeremy Wilson, on the other hand looked to the other end of the field when assessing where Wenger's money would be best spent.

He, though, like Lawton, insists the Emirates outfit, with the aid of a couple of summer additions, could be challenging for the Premier League next term.

"I slightly differ on that because I think the defence has improved," he said. "Wojciech Szczesny shared the golden glove this year and they showed resilience and character yesterday to come back.

"But Chelsea signed Nemanja Matic in January and someone like that would make a huge difference to Arsenal - and a striker as well.

"The striker is the big one because since Robin van Persie went they've not replaced him. They bought Olivier Giroud in before Van Persie left and it's now nearly two summers. So if you level anything at the board and Wenger it is why haven't they spent the money that's there on a striker.

"But I think the core of the team, the basis of the team can challenge Chelsea and Man City.

"Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott... they have a young, British core that's very strong. Add in Mesut Ozil and a top striker and they can be contenders.

"But the key thing is they don't sit back and think 'well, we've won the FA Cup our model is right'. They need to be brave in the market and get that one or two players and build on the momentum."