Arsenal may have beaten Manchester City, but Piers Morgan believes the Gunners need to make two changes to make them title winners.
The Emirates erupted on Sunday afternoon when substitute Gabriel Martinelli scored the game’s only goal in the 86th minute to snatch all three points and go second in the league.
It may be early on in the season, but Mikel Arteta’s side finally getting a league win against Man City is key in instilling a belief that they can compete with them in the title race after last season’s heartbreak.
But despite revelling in Sunday’s euphoria, Morgan told talkSPORT there’s two areas of the Arsenal team in particular that he would change to see them win their first title since 2004.
And that starts with the Gunners’ goalkeeper conundrum.
Aaron Ramsdale rose to become Arsenal’s no.1 two seasons ago, but the arrival of Brentford loanee David Raya has seen him lose his spot in the league and Champions League so far. But Morgan isn’t so sure Raya deserves to be in goal over the England international.
After praising Arsenal for beating ‘arguably the best team in the world’, Morgan said: “I think we’ve still got issues. I’m not convinced by [David] Raya in goal, I think he was very jittery for much of the game.
“I don’t think he’s an upgrade on what I’ve seen so far of [Aaron] Ramsdale who must be feeling sick as a pig sitting on the bench every day watching this stuff.”
Another area needing improvement that’s been picked up on by Gunners fans is the need for a more effective no.9, with Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus scoring two and three goals respectively so far this season.
Morgan believes investing in that area of the squad will be key, stating that if they bring in a top striker in the transfer window, the league title will be all but theirs.
“I think we still need a top striker,” he continued. “I hope that we do something about the in January. If we get in the market in January and we sign a top striker, then I think we are going to win the league.”
He later added: “The thing about Jesus, I’ve been saying this since he joined us, is he has a fantastic work ethic. As has Nketiah, they both run around and are fantastically hard working.
“I’ve got nothing against either of them personally. I just don’t think either of them are the lethal, predatory striker that we need if we want to win the league.
“I think we’ve got to get in that market in January and buy somebody. Whether it’s Ivan Toney, or whether we go really big and try and get someone like Victor Osimhen, he’s obviously unhappy at Napoli.
“I just think that’s the missing cog and wheel.”
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