Arsene Wenger has admitted he is looking to bring in more experienced players during the summer in order to mount a significant title bid next season.
Arsenal had looked likely to challenge Chelsea and Manchester United right until the end but poor recent form has seen their title ambitions fade.
The Gunners host Fulham on Sunday knowing they need nothing less than a victory against the Europa League finalists to hold off a late challenge from North London rivals Tottenham for third place.
Wenger admitted: “If we bring some players in then they have to be experienced. I think we have been in the title race this year with the team we had.
“We will be stronger next year just with internal improvement and with the experience these players will have,” the Frenchman added.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of players as Wenger is reportedly on the lookout for a centre-back and goalkeeper, with Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh already a confirmed signing.
The likes of Matthew Upson, Brede Hangeland, Joe Hart and Gianluigi Buffon have all been linked recently but Wenger is unlikely to want a complete overhaul of his squad.
He said: “The additions will be minimal but if there are some they have to be really top class.”