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Paul Merson voices concerns over what Arsenal need next season

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has expressed his worry over what the club will need next season to challenge again for the title

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has expressed his apprehensions regarding Arsenal’s prospects for the upcoming season, urging Mikel Arteta to bolster the squad with a “pacey” striker during the summer transfer window.

Despite an impressive campaign, with 25 wins out of 35 league games and accumulating 80 points, Arsenal find themselves facing the possibility of falling short in the title race. With Manchester City holding a firm grip on the Premier League trophy, set to finish on 91 points if they win their remaining fixtures, Arsenal’s title hopes hang by a thread.

Reflecting on Arsenal’s situation, Merson highlighted the psychological impact of another title setback on Arteta’s side. 

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“What worries me, and I see Arsenal winning their next three games, is what happens if they do that but still don’t win the league? I don’t know how that will affect this Arsenal team for next season,” Merson stated.

Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal

Arsenal continued their push for the title with a 3-2 win against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty Images)

Acknowledging Arsenal’s need for improvement, Merson emphasised the importance of adding pace to the squad, particularly in the striker position. “I do feel like they need real electric pace up front that can turn it on for Arsenal,” Merson commented, suggesting players like Ivan Toney, Alexander Isak, or Ollie Watkins as potential targets.

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Merson drew comparisons with Tottenham’s past challenges in maintaining a competitive squad, stressing the necessity for Arsenal to continue strengthening. 

“It’s a bit like Tottenham a few years back. They had an unbelievable starting line-up but we all said they had to keep improving. They had Harry Kane. If they wanted to sign a striker for £60m he wasn’t coming to just sit on the bench.

“I do like Kai Havertz. He’s a top-drawer player, but I do feel like they need real electric pace up front that can turn it on for Arsenal. Look at Haaland, he came on at Forest and the defence couldn’t believe it. Arsenal haven’t really got that and they lost against Aston Villa because they didn’t have it,” Merson remarked.

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