Frightening signings needed for title, says Arsenal icon

Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has urged the club to be bold in the transfer market this summer to give themselves a shot at Premier League glory next season.

The Gunners have led the way in the title hunt for much of the current campaign, but a recent slump in form has ended their hopes of claiming English football’s top prize with three games to play.

Although they smashed their transfer record to bring Mesut Ozil to north London from Real Madrid, Arsenal’s transfer dealings have been criticised in recent times, with the failure to land a top class player in January a point of concern for large sections of their support.

An inability to strengthen has allowed Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to move away, with, in theory, squads of a similar quality to that of Arsene Wenger.

Campbell – who starred for the now Emirates Stadium side in his playing days – believes that his old club need one or two more frightening players, and thinks they must take a few risks in the transfer market to get them:

“You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten other teams with their playing ability.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“It will turn, but you need that cutting edge in your side. The board might have to put their head on the block and go for it and not be scared.

“If you spend money on a player and it does not work, you have to go again.

“Yes you can get players through scouting around the world, but ultimately these players are ready made and you have got to play top dollar to get them in.

“Arsenal need some more players who are ready-made and world-class. With everyone fit, I think they need another three players.”