talkSPORT host Martin Keown has explained what Arsenal must do if they are challenged at the top of the Premier League next season.
The Gunners legend has identified a number of key areas for strengthening as his former club prepare for a busy summer transfer window.
Arsenal need a miracle on the final day of the campaign if they are to leapfrog rivals Tottenham and secure a Champions League place.
If Spurs suffered a loss to Norwich at Carrow Road and the Gunners beat Everton at home, they would finish in the top four.
“I always thought Spurs were going to beat Arsenal a while ago watching their matches,” Keown told talkSPORT.
“I know there has been progress from an Arsenal perspective, having finished eighth the last two seasons.
“Now, finishing fifth was disappointing, but that same pressure will be on them at the start of next season. Arteta will have time to equip his team well, there is a will to keep him there – he comes to sign a new three-year contract.
“It’s time for him to have the players who can help him in those difficult situations against Newcastle, for example.”
Keown believes Arsenal are desperate for forwards, with Alexandre Lacazette set to leave on a free transfer after his contract expires.
“As a defender I was talking about Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka the other day, those guys give you the belief that you can win games.
“We [defenders] throw themselves in front of balls at black things, because in the end they [strikers] will have the chance to make us win the match.
“[Eddie] Nketiah did an amazing job, but we know he’s a second-line striker, not an A-liner.
The former Arsenal defender also suggests experience is needed to help the club’s young players.
“If we go back to Arsène Wenger when he sat down when he left, he said he wanted mature players, 28 to 29 years old.
“Arsenal have had the youth team in the Premier League this season, I admire where they are going, but they need to fill it with experience.
“I can see problems when I look at the team. People will say you’ve never been successful but I’ve been in successful teams. Tactically I saw problems against Newcastle about being too much. deep and players acting as individuals.
“[Takehiro] Tomiyasu was exposed, with no one supporting him in front. It always seems to be the young people who carry the club, it’s a very young group, and the evidence is to pack the team with experience.
“I guess that’s what’s going to happen this summer, but fifth place is a huge disappointment for me as an Arsenal fan.
“The middle is where the club needs to strengthen, I think with [Granit] Xhaka, it’s time for a change, I’m not saying get rid of him completely. I just think if he comes in and makes a contribution in midfield then he needs to improve and develop.
“[Thomas] Partey has been injured for long periods of the season, and [Albert Sambi] Lokonga was deemed not good enough.
“Mohamed Elneny, is he the answer? So the midfield, that engine room is a key area that needs improvement.
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