Arteta urged to build new Arsenal around transfer in key position

Sol Campbell says Mikel Arteta should build his Arsenal team around a new marquee defender.

The Spaniard has improved the Gunners defence since taking over at the Emirates, but mistakes at the back remain too frequent.

And Campbell has urged his former side to go all out to sign a world class centre-back, as Liverpool did when they brought Virgil Van Dijk to Anfield.

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He told Stadium Astro: “Look what Liverpool did, you know [Virgil] Van Dijk. For me, could I see Arsenal spending that type of money?

“Sometimes it does take that type of money if a player is nailed on and you’ve got to get him and he can actually start to change the outlook of your team, especially from the back.

“It might take something like that, they don’t mind buying [Nicolas] Pepe and that kind of big money up front.  ‘But, you’ve got to realise that sometimes you need to catch up with the rest of the guys.



“Sometimes when the player does come available and you really think this guy can really change it and you’ve looked at all the scenarios, you might have to dip in the pocket and buy someone big at the back to take that on and then you build around him.

“But you’ve got to go for it. Going for it at the front, paying big money for front guys, but don’t underestimate getting quality defenders to hold that back line together.”

David Luiz – who endured a whirlwind 25 minutes against Manchester City – and Pablo Mari have signed new deals in north London, and Arsenal appear to be most keen to bring in a defensive midfielder in the summer, with Thomas Partey top of their list.


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