Wenger: The team needs to be strengthened


Arsene Wenger says his side’s recent results are evidence his squad has flaws and admits that it needs to be strengthened.

Despite damaging Premier League defeats in December that hinted at a brittleness of seasons gone by, Arsenal’s squad depth was widely praised when the January transfer window opened and it was little surprise when the club avoided a shopping spree.

Having tumbled down the table on the domestic front, been kicked out of Europe and with a number of first team players set to enter the final year of their contracts at the Emirates it appears an overhaul is on the cards.

“It’s a strange season because we played 20 games unbeaten and if you look at our offensive numbers they are very good,” he told press ahead of Sunday’s game with Manchester City.

“But as well, I cannot sit here and say we have no flaws or weaknesses in our team, because we have.

“The results are there…I think there’s a very strong basis but the team needs to be strengthened, of course.”

Given the transfer window doesn’t open until the summer, Wenger’s main focus is getting underperforming players to deliver the goods in the final 11 games of the season. After all, there’s still Champions League football and an FA Cup up for grabs.

“We have two games in hand [on Liverpool in 4th] and the games are coming thick and fast.

“Our season will be decided by the next two months but as well by our ability and the strength we can show together to fight and come back together. We had a deficit at West Brom on that front. The most important thing is our future will be decided by our mental qualities.”

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