Arsenal need more experience says Almunia

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia said today that the squad needs to be strengthened with more experienced players after a fourth straight trophyless season.

The Spaniard said the Gunners are going through a "difficult time" after the last hope of a first title since the 2005 FA Cup ended on Tuesday when Manchester United eased past them to reach the Champions League final.

While Arsene Wenger's side has secured a spot in next season's competition, simply finishing in the top four of the Premier League isn't seen as good enough for the side with so many promising young players.

"Many people say we need more experience. But maybe at this time, which is a difficult time for us, maybe we do. Or some help from other players who can come in for next season," Almunia told Uefa's website. "The Arsenal team is a good team, a good squad. But fans expect more from us. And who knows, maybe we need some changes to the squad in the summer.

"But the responsibility is with the boss who understands what the club needs most and which decisions need to be taken."