Nwankwo Kanu says Arsenal need to strengthen in ‘almost every position’ ahead of their return to the Champions League.
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While Arsenal are still chasing Manchester City for the Premier League title, they have already secured their place in next season’s Champions League after a six-year absence.
Kanu knows only too well the gruelling nature of Europe’s top club competition, having reached back-to-back Champions League finals with Ajax and lifting the trophy in 1995.
The Arsenal ‘Invincible’ believes ‘almost every position’ needs to be strengthened for his former club to compete in Europe and highlighted the Gunners’ struggles without William Saliba as an example of the vulnerability of the squad.
But despite issuing a transfer plea to Arsenal, Kanu is excited by the club’s progress under Mikel Arteta and says the current crop can ‘mark an era’ at the Emirates Stadium.
‘Next season Arsenal will make their big comeback in the Champions League,’ he told Bettors.ng. ‘They want to compete in that competition and have a say in the games.
‘If this team remains as a whole, with the addition of some experienced players, it will remain competitive and continue to grow.
‘The squad needs to be even broader next season because the Champions League takes a lot of grit. Almost every position should be doubled [in strength].
‘You can see now that when a regular player is out of action for a few weeks, like William Saliba, then it gets a bit difficult for the squad.
‘I hope the current group will continue for a few more years, especially Ramsdale, Gabriel, Odegaard and Saka.
‘These are young and extremely talented players who identify fantastically with the club. All of these players can make their mark on an era at Arsenal.’
Arsenal led the Premier League title race for much of the season but now find themselves one point behind defending champions Manchester City.
Arteta’s side dropped points against Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton before being thumped 4-1 by Man City at the Etihad Stadium last week.
Arsenal bounced back with a 3-1 win over London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday night but face another tricky fixture this weekend as they visit in-form Newcastle United.
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