Wilshere: To challenge we must spend
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits Arsene Wenger must sign several new players before the Gunners can be regarded as serious challengers for the Premier League title. Wilshere, 19, was one of the few success stories from another frustrating season at the Emirates Stadium last term, but the England international believes Arsenal would go from pretenders to contenders if Wenger splashes the cash.
The Arsenal boss, whose side finished fourth last season, has been slow to spend once again, with only Lille striker Gervinho his only major purchase in pre-season. Wenger has been linked with moves for Valencia winger Juan Mata, Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Blackburn centre-back Christopher Samba, but has so far failed to land any of them with the new campaign just two weeks away.
Wilshere's comments will only increase the pressure on Wenger to buy after the Gunners were booed by their own fans following a 1-1 draw against Theirry Henry's New York Red Bulls in the Emirates Cup on Sunday. "We are not a spending club but we still managed to stay up there with the top teams. And we have to win things this year," Wilshere told the Daily Mail.
"Maybe if we had a few more faces we could really push on. If we get a few more players we can really challenge for the title. Around March and April we have to stay really strong. We are confident we can be up and around it then so we have to remain strong at that crucial time."