Norwich vs. Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Talks Transfers, Laurent Koscielny at Presser

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2014

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Arsenal at KC Stadium on April 20, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger has delivered an honest assessment of where Arsenal's title challenge went wrong in his last press conference of the campaign.

The French manager spoke ahead of his team's trip to soon-to-be-relegated Norwich. Reminiscing on a mixed year—in which Arsenal led for 128 days before dropping to fourth—Wenger spoke about the improvements his team need to make and how transfer business will occur during the summer.

Arsenal have scored just 66 goals this campaign, 34 behind Manchester City's total of 100 and 33 away from Liverpool's 99. Chelsea, whose strikers have infamously struggled to hit the back of the net, have 69. Meanwhile, Manchester United's poor season sees them just three behind Arsenal's number, per

Wenger knows it's time for his side to add some much-needed lethality, per Arsenal's official feed:

Even so, the veteran manager doesn't expect business to commence early. He believes the World Cup will prove to be a major distraction for any talks, suggesting Arsenal fans may have to wait before new stars are unveiled:

Wenger previously indicated an influx of world-class players will help English youngsters develop, something he is looking to aid:

The boss took a moment to confirm Laurent Koscielny is close to penning a new deal with the club:

Beyond the strengthening of his own club, Wenger acknowledged the improving quality of City, who need a draw to secure their second title in three years after beating Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday.

He believes Manuel Pellegrini's team turned up when it mattered, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard:

He also responded to news of Helena Costa's appointment as Clermont Foot boss—making her the first female manager in any of Europe's top two divisions—per Olley:

Wenger, like most Arsenal fans, will look back on this season with a myriad of feelings. The Gunners appeared resilient, slick and title-bound heading into the latter stages, but in the end, fourth will have to do. Champions League qualification and a potential FA Cup triumph signals improvement, but there's plenty of work to be done.

The Arsenal boss must act shrewdly when the summer market opens. Wenger's inability to sign attacking power in January underlined the side's downfall, ensuring he must spend big during pre-season.

With a handful of world-class talents added across the squad, the North London side's title prospects may last a lot longer.