Arsenal need to ‘buy a couple of special players’ to improve on ‘average’ finishing position – Gunners hero

Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has claimed that his old club need to “buy a couple of special players” if they are to improve on their typical third/fourth place finishing position.

The Gunners have been tipped as title favourites for much of the current season with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City stuttering, but three losses in their last six Premier League games has seen them fall away from leaders Leicester towards the scrap for the last Champions League spot.

Although Arsene Wenger’s side hold a four-point advantage over Man City in fourth, the Citizens have a game in hand and could leapfrog their London rivals with a run of results, which might end up leaving the Emirates Stadium outfit in another scrap for fourth.

And Campbell, speaking exclusively to 888sport, suggested that Arsenal have been unable to improve on their “average” in the league for some time and that to progress they may need to sign “a couple of special players”:

“It’s quite interesting because I did some TV with Michael Owen and he said over the past eight years where they are now is their average.” He said.

“They need to step it up because if Chelsea or Manchester City were moving and grooving Arsenal would still be in the same position.

“They need to go beyond their average to make the difference and either be more special or buy a couple of special players.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Sol Campbell here, including how he thinks Arsenal are still the top dogs in North London.