Michael Owen outlines where Arsenal need to improve to become Champions League contenders

michael owen outlines where arsenal need to improve to become champions league contenders

Michael Owen outlines where Arsenal need to improve to become Champions League contenders

Arsenal will head into next season as the closest rivals to upsetting Manchester City's dominance of the Premier League, as well as looking to improve on their Champions League efforts.

The Gunners reached the quarter-finals of last season's competition, only to be knocked out by eventual finalists Bayern Munich.

Talking to AceOdds, Michael Owen believes that if Mikel Arteta's side are to become actual contenders to win the Champions League, they need to bolster the forward line - but only if the right player becomes available.

"I think they're going the right way. They're improving all the time," he said.

"I mean, the one player that you think could help in one position, is a centre-forward, but Havertz did really well towards the end of the season. Obviously, you’ve got Jesus anyway, but if a top centre forward becomes available, then that could be one position whereby Arsenal need to go and get someone.

"There’s no point in just going spending 50 million quid on an average Joe that's not better than Havertz, that's not better than Jesus. If there's an exceptional one that comes available in the next few years, then yeah, go get one, a bit like Man City.

"They had Aguero and City were happy to not even play with a centre forward for a while, and Pep did it exactly the same at Barcelona.

"There's no one good enough and then all of a sudden someone called Haaland came around and they were like ‘right we’ve got to get him’. Unless someone's going to be brilliant, like way better than what you've got, what's the point in hoarding another 50 million pound players? That's just pointless.

"So, Arsenal are in that boat, they're flying. Why do you upset anything? Just let it all go. And only if an absolute elitist becomes available, that's when you move."

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