Mesut Ozil has conceded that he believes that Arsenal will need to invest in the squad over the summer in order to remain competitive.
The Gunners currently trail Premier League leaders Leicester City by 11 points with eight games remaining this season, while they have already crashed out of all cup competitions.
In turn, there is a very real possibility that they will end the campaign empty-handed, which will see Arsene Wenger come under further scrutiny.
Ozil insists that they aren’t giving up on the league title yet as they still believe that they can surpass the Foxes, but is convinced that investment is needed in the summer with their rivals likely to strengthen after disappointing seasons.
“We know that it will not be easy and that we need reinforcements if we want next season to be on top here again,” he told Sky Sports.
“It is again interesting to see who invests in who and how much the clubs do during the summer break. In addition, great coaches are coming into the league. I am thinking primarily of Pep Guardiola. Wherever he has been, he had success. He is a coach, keen on playing and his teams are feared.
“I wonder what he will do with Man City. He will be imprinting his football in England and people will be surprised.”
Arsenal have arguably missed their best chance of ending their wait for a league title this season, with their last coming in 2004. With the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all struggling to fight at the top of the table, it opened the door for Wenger’s men to take advantage.
However, it is Leicester who have been the most consistent side thus far, although Tottenham will certainly hope to spoil their party in the coming weeks. Whether or not Arsenal can pull off an unlikely turnaround remains to be seen, but it is only going to get more difficult from next season onwards with or without Wenger at the helm.