Arsenal star Olivier Giroud believes that the Gunners will be ready to fight for the Premier League title with Chelsea next season should Arsene Wenger bolster the squad with "one or two new players" this summer and keep the current group.
The north London side have managed to overcome their poor start to the campaign with a good run of results since New Year to settle in the Champions League zone with just five games remaining.
But with Jose Mourinho's side still 10 points ahead of them on the table, some have lately suggested Wenger needs to strengthen the squad to compete with the Blues for the title.
Following the 0-0 home draw against Chelsea on Sunday 26 April, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry claimed Wenger needs to sign four players including a top striker to lead the attack.
And Giroud, who has been the number nine this season since his return from injury, has claimed that, apart from a couple of new players and keeping the current stars, the Gunners need to have better luck with injuries.
"Hopefully if we can have less injuries, keep the same group and with maybe one or two new players, we will have a great season [next year]," Giroud said.
"We have to finish this one first, and to get second and win the FA Cup would be a great season. It has been a few years since we finished second and if we can do it we can see an improvement, which is great.
"But the championship is not finished, which is why we need to focus in the last five games to keep second place."
Meanwhile and after scoring 14 goals in 22 Premier League appearances this season, the France international striker hopes to "carry on" improving next campaign.
"I know we can still improve ourselves and that is what we have been doing since I signed for Arsenal. I am proud about it and pleased with that.
"I just want to carry on like that, and I know if we keep our best players and this determination with the team spirit, we are going to join [next season's title] race."