Mesut Ozil says that it’s not impossible for Arsenal to win the league this season, and has urged the club to spend in the summer on the ‘reinforcements’ needed to win the title in the face of stiffer competition next campaign.
Last summer Arsene Wenger’s only purchase was goalkeeper Petr Cech, although he did add midfielder Mohamed Elneny in January.
However, with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs, and David Ospina a mix of probable and potential departures, the Arsenal manager will have some gaps to fill in the transfer market.
Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, Ozil said, “We know that it will not be easy and that we need reinforcements if we want next season to be on top here again.
“It is again interesting to see who invests in who and how much the clubs do during the summer break.
“In addition, great coaches are coming into the league. I am thinking primarily of Pep Guardiola. Wherever he has been, he had success. He is a coach, keen on playing and his teams are feared.”
Speaking about this season, he acknowledged that the title was improbable, but not completely out of the question.
“I do not think it impossible,” he said. “Although there are only a few games left, Leicester have a run against some of the big teams to come.
“We ourselves must in any case not allow any more slip-ups. The hope of the title is still there – we have the players for the title.”