Winterburn: Wenger must challenge for league title

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has urged manager Arsene Wenger to mount a serious title challenge, after signing a new two-year deal.

Wenger penned a new deal this week, shortly after claiming the FA Cup trophy, and Winterburn, who won the Premier League title under the Frenchman in 1998, believes it's due time the Gunners ended their league title drought.

Wenger's side haven't won the top flight for 13 years, but Winterburn was pleased to see the statement made by the club this week and now wants them to follow it up by going for glory next season.

"They've made the decision, so it's now time to put in a serious title challenge," the 53-year-old told Sky Sports News. "There's probably 20-25 per cent that would like to have seen a change.

"He's in charge and we're now expecting some significant signings and I would love to see the team progress. He's come through a difficult period. They went backwards after going into the new stadium – now's the time to be serious for the title.

"I know a lot of people have been saying typical Arsenal that they make this announcement at the end of the season. It's my understanding there was no decision until after the FA Cup final.

"The club statement was positive and it will be interesting to see what happens in the transfer window."