Stan Collymore thinks he has the solution to Arsenal's problems

The former Liverpool striker believes a 'world-class' holding midfielder would enable the Gunners to challenge two places higher up in the Premier League.

Arsenal may have come away with a commendable 2-2 draw against Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday - but it was still two points dropped at home.

While the Gunners looked typically brilliant going forward, they were easy to exploit defensively - and visitors City could easily have left the capital with all three points had they taken their chances towards the end of the game.

But Stan Collymore thinks he has the answer for the north London side - one that has been brought up by pundits many times in the past.

Indeed, the former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker thinks Arsenal need a world-class holding midfielder, which, according to him, would enable them to challenge two places higher than fourth in the Premier League.

"Arsenal. Familiar theme," Collymore wrote on SportsYapper.

"Play some of the best football in the league with the flakiest underbelly in the top 4. Buy a world class holder, they challenge 2 positions higher up, if not, 18 seasons in the CL plus a cup the reward. Simple game."

Collymore's comments came during the first half at the Emirates Stadium - before Arsene Wenger's side scored twice to overturn a 1-0 deficit against City. But it appeared Collymore had not spoken too soon, as Manuel Pellegrini's side hit back late on.

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker, meanwhile, did speak a little quickly, suggesting that it could have been a turning point for the Gunners had they held on.

In the end, the 2-2 draw with the defending champions can be seen a something in between the views of both pundits. Arsenal showed enough promise to give them hope - but the same old issues hurt them when it mattered.

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