Exclusive – Arsenal need three more signings to challenge for the title, claims former Gunners captain

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Frank McLintock believes the club are three players short of a Premier League title push.The Gunners have already signed Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina this summer, as they look to improve on their fourth place finish last campaign.Defender Thomas Vermaelen is set for the exit door though, with both Manchester United and Barcelona interested in the Belgian’s services, while Arsene Wenger was forced to rely heavily on French striker Olivier Giroud last year.And McLintock, who skippered the north London club to the double in 1971, claims his former side must dip in to the transfer market again.“Arsenal need three more players to be serious Premier League title contenders,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “They need a centre-half, especially if Thomas Vermaelen is going, a big central midfielder and a centre forward.“They were in a prime position last year to push on and win it [the title]. Giroud scored 22 goals last season, which is not bad at all, but he’s not a top centre forward. He did a good job but he was exhausted towards the end of the season. Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are not centre forwards.“We also need a big central midfielder. There’s a lack of height in Arsenal’s team and they always seem vulnerable at free-kicks and corners. Arsenal need a big Patrick Vieira type.”last_img read more

ON THIS DAY: Didier Drogba agrees Chelsea move – Watch four key goals here!

first_img Didier Drogba: The Ivorian wrote himself into the history books with some important strikes Drogba v Manchester United, FA Cup, 2007 Drogba v Barcelona in the Champions League, 2012 On July 19 in 2004, Ivory Coast and Marseille striker Didier Drogba agreed a move to Chelsea. The following day, he completed his £24million transfer to Stamford Bridge and the rest is history. Now 38 and playing for Montreal in the MLS, the forward enjoyed the best days of his career in west London, playing nine seasons across two different spells.He won four Premier League titles, three League Cups and four FA Cups with the club, but perhaps his best moment in a Blues shirt was his dramatic late equaliser in the 2012 Champions League final.It was a goal which eventually saw Chelsea finally crowned European champions and cemented his place in the club’s history books. Take a look back at four key moments of Drogba’s Chelsea career below!Drogba v Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, 2012center_img 1 Drogba fires v Tottenham in the FA Cuplast_img read more