Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has pledged to buy a defender in the summer transfer window, after pinpointing that area of his team as the weakness that cost his side the Premier League title.
Wenger admitted that he was pleased with his side's attacking displays all season, but was disappointed to see his side concede 41 goals — nine more than champions Chelsea, and 13 more than second placed Manchester United.
After buying Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax last summer, Wenger believes another new defender this year should finally solve the Gunners' problems.
"If you divide the season into two - going forward we have done very well but defensively we have been average," Wenger told the club's official website.
"When you concede 40 goals you don't win the championship and I want to rectify that.
"My transfer policy this summer will be to keep our strengths going forward, add one player, and add more defensive strength to our team."
Wenger could yet lose center-back William Gallas, who is out of contract in the summer and disappointed with the slow progress being made in negotiations, potentially only accelerating the need to sign a defender.
But the French manager believes he will also need to address his side's mental approach to games — and pray for better luck with injuries — if they are to win their first domestic title since 2004 next season.
"When you're as close to a trophy and you don't do it, it's disappointing but overall if you look back over the season, I am proud of our attitude and spirit," the Frenchman said.
"Unfortunately we got injuries in the final sprint of the season and it was a bit too much.
"This season has shown that we have quality, spirit and we have also discovered players who have made massive improvements so there is a very strong basis to do extremely well.
"Not a lot is needed when you come as close as we did this year having lost the big games.
"I think we have a massive chance to come back and win it. Let's be consistent, come back next year and be even stronger."
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