Laurent Koscielny tells Arsene Wenger to sign 30-goal striker

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is capable of spearheading a sustained challenge for the Premier League title next season, but if the Gunners close the gap by making four quality signings including a proven striker capable of scoring 30 goals.

Wenger re-affirmed his commitment to the club by signing a new three-year contract following last month's success in the FA Cup final, but Koscielny is under no illusions that their squad needs strengthening.

Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski both deciding to leave on free transfers has left Wenger needing to recruit a goalkeeper and right-back at an absolute minimum, although Koscielny believes that to compete with Manchester City the Gunners need a proven forward to rival Olivier Giroud for a starting spot at centre-forward.

Koscielny is quoted by the Express as declaring: "Yes, we need to recruit a very, very good striker, because it's important for us, for competition for places, because Olivier needs that to become even better.

"Having a striker who scores more than 30 goals a season can help us win the Premier League. Compared to the squads like Manchester City, even United, Chelsea. You can see there's a certain difference."

Giroud took some heavy criticism at certain stages last season but has a scoring record that's hard to slam, finding the target 22 times in all competitions to justify Wenger's faith in the French international.

It was a lack of strength in depth that cost Arsenal dear when Giroud failed to fire, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo proving unreliable cover when it really mattered most.

Koscielny believes that having a top quality rival will actually enhances Giroud's game in the long-term, while providing the firepower to ensure Arsenal can sustain a title challenge that petered out frustratingly last season, despite Wenger's men topping the table for 128 days.

While it's easy to say Arsenal need a new forward, actually going out and making that deal happen is a much more difficult proposition for Wenger and Gunners chief Ivan Gazidis.

Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata have been the main pair linked with a mega-money summer switch to the Premier League, despite Carlo Ancelotti's side winning the Champions League last term.

Swansea City hitman Wilfried Bony is another option closer to home for Wenger, who although armed with a reported £100m transfer warchest is conscious of the need to spend wisely, as to the continued frustration of many Arsenal fans he has been throughout the past decade.

Last summer's late £42.4m move for Mesut Ozil has shown Wenger is willing to pay big bucks for the right players though, a trend his own centre-back is desperate to see repeated before the start of the new campaign.

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