Arsenal has booked their spot for next season’s Champions’ League group stage with four matches remaining. The Gunners will be making their first Champions League appearance since 2017.
The Gunners’ lack of squad depth and experience has been evident in their title race battle with Manchester City. The Gunners have been linked with the likes of Declan Rice, Moisés Caicedo, and a possible striker in the summer.
Nwankwo Kanu has insisted that Arsenal needs to strengthen their squad ahead of their participation in the Champions League next season and also hailed the impact Mikel Arteta has had on the team this season.
What did Nwankwo Kanu say?
He said via bettors.ng: “Next season, Arsenal will make their big comeback in the Champions League.
“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, 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 will travel to the St. James Park on Sunday to face Third place Newcastle United. The Gunners are trailing one point behind Manchester City in the race for the Premier League.
Former Arsenal Icon Jeremie Aliadiere believes Arsenal are in for a tough clash with Newcastle United on Sunday.
Jeremie Aliadiere told Premier League betting: “It’s a top ground to go to, and with the form Newcastle United are in, it’s going to be tough for Arsenal.
“When you look at the form, Alexander Isak is in at the moment, and with William Saliba not there and Gabriel hobbling off the other night, you think it will be a tough game for the defense.
“I’m sure Arteta knows that after losing them, they’re at the end of last season. That game cost us the Champions League, so I’m sure he won’t take it lightly.
“Arteta knows how tough it is to go there, but if they are to have any hope, the Gunners need to win all their remaining games and count on help elsewhere. But it will be a much tougher game than last night.
“I still back Arsenal to win, I think they’ll get a result but it will be tight. I could see us winning 2-1 as Arsenal unfortunately are not great at keeping clean sheets. Defensively, as good as they have been, we still seem to concede.”