Renowned pundit and former Arsenal star Paul Merson has told the Daily Star that Arsene Wenger desperately needs to add a new midfielder to his squad.
The Gunners currently lie in fifth spot in the Premier League table, one point behind Manchester United in fourth and a whopping 13 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.
In a bid to bridge the gap between themselves and the Premier League’s best, Arsenal need freshening up and an injection of quality added to the team.
Going forwards and on the ball, the North London outfit are still an extremely dangerous side, and the summer signing of Alexis Sanchez has proven to be somewhat of a masterstroke by Wenger.
Off the ball, however, huge improvements can be made, and Merson believes that his former team are in dire need of a new midfielder who can press the opposition off the ball.
“They say he’s [Alexis Sanchez] brought that pressing game with him from Barcelona, and that it’s starting to rub off on his team-mates,” he told the Daily Star.
“I don’t buy that. I don’t see much evidence of Arsenal pressing all over the pitch right now. They don’t have the legs in midfield for it.
“Look at their holding midfielders – Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, and Francis Coquelin. None of them are particularly energetic, are they?
“Arteta, who is out injured for the next three months, and Flamini are not young anymore and Coquelin is unproven.
“They need someone who can get around the pitch and dictate games because they are one of the worst teams in the country without the ball.”
As reported by Sky Sports, the Gunners are currently in the midst of bolstering their midfield options with the signing of Krystian Bielik, yet at just 17 years of age not much can be expected of him in the short term.
Another name to be linked in recent weeks – as per The Express - is Southampton ace Morgan Schneiderlin, although the Frenchman may not be willing to trade clubs given his side’s unexpected lofty position and ensuing Champions League hopes.