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Ray Parlour: Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic is the kind of player Arsenal need

Ray Parlour believes that Arsenal are lacking a player in the mould of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Arsenal fans have been urging manager Arsene Wenger to sign a striker all summer, and finally they got their wish on transfer deadline day.

The Gunners secured the services of England international Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for a reported transfer fee of £16 million on Monday.

That’s one area sorted then. Throughout the summer there have been calls for Arsenal to recruit a top-quality striker, and although 23-year-old Welbeck is not exactly world class, he has the potential and the ability to be a success at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Wenger failed to address another department that many fans and pundits thought needed reinforcement: defensive midfield.

Sami Khedira of Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho both were heavily linked with moves to the North London outfit, but in the end nothing materialised.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes that the Premier League giants should have signed a defensive midfielder this summer, highlighting the impact Nemanja Matic is making for Chelsea in that department.

‘I look at Chelsea and Matic is one of their best signings’, the 41-year-old former England international midfielder wrote on Sportlobster.com.

‘That's the kind of player we need to find. It's different now from when I played. Now you need a player to sit in front of the back four and be disciplined. Gilberto and Vieira handled that role very well and they need to find someone like Carvalho from Lisbon’.

  TeamPosTotal TackleWon TackleTotal PassAccurate PassDuel WonDuel LostAppsMins
Nemanja Matic Chelsea MF 12 7 170 141 21 17 3 270

Parlour made his comments before the summer transfer window closed on Monday, but that did not have any effect on Arsenal’s deadline deal transactions as they signed only Welbeck.

Many Gunners fans will agree with Parlour, who won the Premier League thrice with the Gunners (1998, 2002 and 2004). There have been calls for Wenger to recruit a specialist defensive midfielder who will sit in front of the back four and break opposition’s plays.

But Arsenal have not signed anyone fitting that description this summer. Perhaps Wenger believes that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will do the job for the rest of the season despite their age...

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