Mikel Arteta told to bring defender, midfielder and striker to Arsenal this summer

Former goalkeeper David Seaman has urged Arsenal to sign three players this summer transfer window.

The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League, six points outside of the top-four places and 25 points behind champions Manchester City, in a season that could have cost Mikel Arteta his job.

However, he is still boss of the club and is hoping that the board back him enough this transfer window in order to add the players that will help the club get back into the habit of playing in the Champions League.

Seaman ‘feels sorry’ for Arteta and insists the Spaniard needs to improve the ‘spine’ of his squad at the Emirates by signing a ‘good defender and midfielder’ and a ‘more consistent’ forward.

‘When you look at last season, finishing eighth, it’s very disappointing,’ Seaman told MailSport. ‘It’s something that needs to be changed.

‘I feel a little bit sorry for Arteta because he’s not got his own team yet, or his own squad. He’s inherited players from previous managers. But he’s got to coach those around him to get the best out of them.

‘We saw with winning the FA Cup and then the Community Shield, I would call those bonuses, because that season wasn’t very good either. It’s the consistency that’s the problem.

‘All of a sudden we beat Liverpool and Chelsea, then we lost to lower teams. That’s his biggest problem.

‘Do we need players? Yes we do. I still feel that the spine of the team isn’t strong enough. They need a good defender and midfield player. We need a more consistent attacking player.

‘In [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, we do have a quality player. Last season, with all the different problems that he had, he wasn’t consistent enough. But you know the quality he’s got, so you don’t really change that.

‘[Thomas] Partey in midfield has done well, I like what I see with him. I want to see a more consistent season from him and hopefully that’s going to happen next year.’

Iomie

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