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FA Cup winners Arsenal must make statement signings this summer, says Jamie Carragher

Image: Jamie Carragher: Highlighted areas Arsenal must improve

Jamie Carragher has challenged Arsene Wenger to make the signings that will turn Arsenal into title contenders after watching them retain the FA Cup.

The Gunners eased past Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley to become the most successful side in the competition's history.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring late in the first half before Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud wrapped up an impressive win.

And Sky Sports pundit Carragher said the next step must be to make the signings that will help them compete for the Premier League title next season.

“Wenger has been and still is a great manager but the next step has to be a proper title challenge at least,” Carragher, writing on sports social media network Kicca, said.

“You see the players coming off the bench today shows the squad strength but the first 11 still needs an upgrade in goal, CB (centre-back), DM (defensive midfielder) and CF (centre forward).

“Arsenal in the last few months have looked like a top team and are only 3/4 players through the spine of the team away from Chelsea but, are those players out there? If so will Wenger make that statement with his signings that says we're going for the title like Jose (Mourinho) last year?”

Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates
Image: Theo Walcott: Netted the opener

The Gunners have not won the Premier League for over a decade and finished third this season, 12 points behind champions Chelsea.

But they were impressive against Villa at Wembley and were in control of the game after Walcott, who was preferred up front to Olivier Giroud, set them on their way with the opener in the 41st minute.

“Theo Walcott's goal has vindicated Arsene Wenger's decision to start him as a striker,” Carragher earlier wrote.

“Sanchez's role in the goal though was vital - he's got a fantastic spring... Outstanding record for Arsenal & Wenger in the FA Cup!!”

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