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New striker and defensive midfielder needed for Arsenal to win the Premier League

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Next May will mark the 12th year since Arsenal last won the Premier League, spearheaded by the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires.

Arsene Wenger may have won consecutive FA Cups in the last two years, but despite it being considered a major trophy by some fans, the 'Wenger Out' brigade are still not satisfied. 

So, what can the Frenchman do to get the fans back onside and win that coveted Premier League trophy for the first time in over a decade?

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SIGN A DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER

A problem position since Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva left the club, few players have managed to fill the void since.

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Until Francis Coquelin emerged from relative obscurity in January, a combative, energetic midfielder seemed to be the missing piece of the puzzle to Arsenal's title ambitions.

However, a three-month injury to the Frenchman has left Wenger with the options of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Calum Chambers. Despite the manager's belief in them, their ability to play in the Premier League has been questioned.

If Wenger wants to win the title this year, a player of William Carvalho, Lars Bender or Grzegorz Krychowiak's stature needs to be brought in January to add solidity to the side.

SIGN A STRIKER

Another problem position for the Gunners, the class of Robin van Persie has never quite been replaced. Despite Olivier Giroud proving an able goalscorer during his time in north London, fans tend to focus more on the chances missed than converted.

The Frenchman has scored 48 goals in 110 Premier League appearances since joining in 2012, but if Arsenal are to win the England's top flight, they need a striker of a similar calibre to Sergio Aguero or Robert Lewandowski.

ADD A NEW DIMENSION

Tiki taka football seems to be a dying breed in the beautiful game, with teams realising that a counter-attacking, high-pressure style of play can similarly garner results.

This tactic was used effectively in Arsenal's 2-0 win away against Manchester City last season, as well as a smash and grab victory against Bayern in October.

But against teams that come to set up shop and hit the Gunners on the counter, there still seems to be a lack of a plan B. Giroud offers that threat in the air, but while the build-up play is slow, teams are becoming gradually used to defending Arsenal's style of play.

The above problems are ones that Wenger has been battling against for quite some time now, yet changes haven't been made.

The belief he has of promoting from within is admirable, but the lack of transfer activity over the summer and naivety of believing that Arsenal will ever have a fully fit squad are factors that will stop the Frenchman from winning that coveted Premier League trophy once again.

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