Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has urged Arsene Wenger to get the chequebook out this summer and sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure - or a player of a similar ilk - along with a new striker.
Seaman, who spent 13 years with the Gunners during the 1990s and early 2000s, believes Arsenal only need a couple of additions - but that securing the services of a midfield enforcer, like Toure or his old teammate Patrick Vieira, is imperative.
"I think they need a striker because (Olivier) Giroud almost carried the team on his shoulders up front on his own,” Seaman commented in an interview with Sky Sports News Radio. "Luckily this season he wasn't injured much and had a big part to play, but they need a new striker and they need a more dominant midfield player, a Patrick Vieira type or a Yaya Toure type.
"They only need one or two, but one or two quality signings because we saw the effect that (Mesut) Ozil had when he came in.”
It was revealed this week that Toure is considering leaving Manchester City after becoming upset that his current employers failed to mark his 31st birthday sufficiently. The bizarre incident has put a host of Premier League clubs on red alert, including Chelsea, Liverpool and the Gunners.
Earlier this year, Wenger admitted that missing out on signing a young Toure in 2003 was one of the biggest regrets of his career. A delay in gaining a work permit meant the midfielder opted instead for a move to Ukrainian outfit Metalurh Donetsk.
Seaman also believes it’s vital Arsenal keep Wenger at the club. The veteran Frenchman is poised to put pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal following last weekend’s FA Cup final victory over Hull City, which allowed the north London outfit to claim their first piece of silverware since 2005.
"Once you've worked with Arsene you realise how good he is. He knows everything about the game. He is that good and I would hate to see him leave Arsenal,” Seaman added. "A lot of people two months ago were calling for his head but I was praying that he didn't leave because I know how good he is.”