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Arsenal warned against turning their back on major issues

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Arsenal might be looking a stronger rejuvenated side following the acquisition of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid but former forward Alan Smith has other views. According to reports, the Englishman feels that the Gunners still need to redress major issues within the team.

Smith was quoted telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: "The signing of Mesut Ozil has lifted everyone at the football club. It’s lifted the fans and taken a bit of the heat off Arsene Wenger. They do need more than that though and it doesn’t solve all their problems though."

The former Gunners’ striker may be quite justified in his views. Despite Ozil being a strong midfield presence, critics feel that Arsenal are a bit short on offensive options. The club require at least one proven striker given the natural wear and tear that happens over the course of a season, as has already been proved evident by Lukas Podolski’s injury.

Also, the north Londoners lack defensive options and any mid-season hiccups may spell trouble for the club, given that they have also failed to fortify their defence in the off-season.