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Alan Shearer is very specific on what Arsenal need to win the Premier League 

Following the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Alan Shearer has spoken out on what Arsenal really need to win the title this season

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The 5-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace saw Arsenal FC return to winning ways to boost their Premier League title chances.

With the Gunners flourishing to put five past Crystal Palace, Arsenal’s forwards received temporary relief from being singled out as the reason for the club’s inability to keep a sustained challenge for the English Premier League title.

At the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, an early Gabriel header and an own goal from Palace stopper Dean Henderson gave Arsenal a commanding half-time lead which was extended further by Leandro Trossard in the second half before Gabriel Martinelli put the icing on the cake with two injury-time goals.

The host’s first two goals were both scored from corners and Match of the Day pundit Shearer singled out a proficiency from set pieces as the difference between the two sides in that particular fixture.

Despite the near-perfect outing vs Palace, Shearer is not convinced that Arsenal have the materials to remain consistent, citing instances from two previous games when Mikel Arteta’s men failed to get a shot on goal.

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Himself a renowned Premier League goalscorer who scored 158 goals in Newcastle United colours believes Arsenal still need a goalscorer to reach the next level.

The Gunners were good value for their victory and put talk over their need for a clinical finisher to rest, albeit only for a temporary period.

Weighing in on this much-debated topic, Shearer wrote in his BBC Sport column: “I still think they need a quality centre-forward to go to that next level, and go on and win the Premier League.

“I was at Emirates Stadium for Arsenal’s previous two matches, when they lost to West Ham in the Premier League and Liverpool in the FA Cup, and they had opportunities to win both games but couldn’t take them. Not only that, they sometimes didn’t even manage to get a shot away.”

Meanwhile, with seven days to the close of the January transfer window, the Gunners retain links to strikers, with ‘unsettled’ Karim Benzema, a short-term option as he seeks a move away from the middle east.

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