Arsenal legend Michael Thomas has not held back as he spoke exclusively to CaughtOffside about what the squad needs after the hugely disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Burnley at the weekend.
The Gunners are going through a very poor run of form, following up a run of five wins in a row with another run of five games without victory, with the team also going four consecutive matches without scoring.
It’s clear that Mikel Arteta has a difficult job getting this Arsenal side into the top four this season, and Thomas wants to see the board give the manager the backing he needs.
The former midfielder believes his old club may need as many as three signings as he raised concerns about Alexandre Lacazette’s performance against Burnley.
“It was a really frustrating watch and the team lacked the killer instinct in the final third, which ultimately led to the stale 0-0 draw,” Thomas told CaughtOffside.
Arsenal struggled against Burnley, with Alexandre Lacazette missing a great chance
“Lacazette has to get himself in easy positions to put the ball in the net. He hangs back too much which puts a lot of pressure on the wide men to either score or put the ball exactly in his space. They also add to the squad with a striker, another midfielder and maybe even a winger.
“The Arsenal board MUST fund further big investments to improve this squad. The team have done well up until the halfway mark and now it’s time to give them that extra boost, give the fans the extra boost to carry the baton home and hopefully that’s a top four place come the end of the season.”
One of the big issues with Arsenal’s woes up front is the situation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is now out of favour after a loss of form, as well as disciplinary problems which saw Arteta strip him of the captaincy.
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