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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his side.

Arsenal must strengthen their defence and attack this summer

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, Arsene Wenger is still yet to address two of the major problems in his Arsenal side, his defence and attack.

The Gunners conceded 36 goals last season, a huge factor in their failure to win the Premier League title. 

Wenger's side crumbled under pressure towards the end of the season, with damaging defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City.

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Arsenal's poor end to the campaign means they are now 12 years without a Premier League title, but despite calls for him to step down from some Arsenal supporters, Wenger will remain in charge for at least another season at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's lack of leaders and physical players was a huge reason why Wenger's side struggled to deal with the pressure last season. Swiss international Granit Xhaka has been brought in for £32 million this summer, and the midfielder may add much needed physicality to the Gunners midfield.

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However, Arsenal's defence was weak at times last season and Wenger will need to bring in another centre-half to partner Laurent Koscielny if Arsenal are to end their 12 year wait for a Premier League title.

Per Mertesacker endured a tough season, and his lack of pace at the back has become a real problem for Arsenal. Gabriel Paulista also featured a lot for the Gunners last term, but the Brazilian made some rash decisions, including his naive decision making when he was sent off at Stamford Bridge.

Wenger will certainly need to strengthen defensively this summer, and with Manchester United and Manchester City spending heavily, you feel the centre of defence isn't the only position the Frenchman will still need to strengthen, with a world-class striker also needed. 

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The majority of Arsenal fans still believe Olivier Giroud isn't good enough to land the Gunners a Premier League title, and despite his impressive showing at Euro 2016, those doubts will still be in their minds.

To add to that, Wenger will be without Danny Welbeck for the majority of next season, with a serious injury ruling him out until the New Year.

If Wenger is keen on ending his Premier League title drought, he must continue to be active in the transfer window, and he must land a new centre-back and a new striker.

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