Podolski buy can be spark to fire Arsenal to the title next season, insists Wenger
21:55 GMT, 25 March 2012
Arsene Wenger believes his squad is capable of challenging for the title next season.
The Arsenal manager wants to add Lukas Podolski and another striker to lighten the goal-scoring burden on Robin van Persie, but considers his current crop of players, when fully fit, to be up among the best.
Wenger said: 'I just felt we had two weak periods in the season and you can only afford one. I knew when we were 17th (in August) that we cannot afford any weak periods anymore, so when that happened in January it was very difficult.
Target: Arsene Wenger admits he wants to buy Cologne's Lukas Podolski (left)
'If you look at the circumstances of the (second) blip it was down to the fact we had no full backs. Overall since October, since the team has gelled, we are not on too bad a run.
'Man City have had the opposite; they started in the way we are now. It is difficult for everyone to maintain that.
'Yes (we want Podolski), because we want to add some offensive strikers, because many times people say we rely too much on Van Persie, which is true, but if we can find world-class players, we will (challenge for the title).'
Gunners on fire: Arsenal recorded their seventh straight win on Saturday
Saturday's 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, featuring goals from Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta, was the first time two English players have scored for Arsenal since 1997.
On October 4 Englishmen Ian Wright, Ray Parlour and David Platt added to two goals from Dennis Bergkamp in a 5-0 win over Barnsley at Highbury.
Gibbs said of Walcott: 'I really looked up to him quite a lot. He's an outstanding player, a joy to play with. He's one of my close friends here: a top, top boy.
'If anyone wants to idolise someone it should be him. He's very professional. He's a really nice guy. I wouldn't like to be coming up against him if I didn't play for this team.'