Arsenal have not done enough in this summer’s transfer market to improve on their sixth-placed Premier League finish.
That’s the view of former Chelsea captain and Sky Sports pundit Dennis Wise.
The Gunners have shaken things up at the Emirates with five new additions to their squad following Unai Emery’s arrival in June.
New goalkeeper Bernd Leno has joined with a strengthened defence of Sokratis Papastathopolous and 34 year-old Stephan Lichsteiner. Meanwhile midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and World Cup star Lucas Perez are exciting prospects.
But Wise says there is not enough pace in the Gunners backline which will ultimately be their downfall this season.
“The defenders that he’s brought in, I think that was a key part of where Arsenal struggled,” he said (via Express).
“I think they conceded 51 goals which was quite high for Arsenal. But what they haven’t added is pace.
“Sokratis is not for me. I watched him play against Chelsea and he got dominated and he lacked a lot of pace.
“Lichtsteiner is obviously 34 years old, hasn’t got a lot of pace and they haven’t added that.
“So, therefore, I think they’re going to struggle.
“I look at the personnel that they’ve brought in and the position they ended up, sixth last year, and that’s where I see Arsenal.
“I don’t see that they’ve improved loads. My concern is their defence still.
“He hasn’t convinced me with who he’s brought in.
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