Former Arsenal defender Frank McLintock explained one of his main concerns with regards to Arsenal, when he spoke to talkSPORT.
McLintock was in a generally positive mood when discussing the Gunners but suggested that his old team have a distinct disadvantage in terms of the size of the club’s midfield.
Arsenal have some of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, but McLintock feels they are vulnerable to being bullied by bigger players in the line-ups of the club’s main rivals.
“Sometimes we have a very small side; the midfield’s average height can be about five feet eight inches and you’re playing against some really big players in the top division, especially Chelsea so I would think they need someone a little bit different in there,” he told talkSPORT.
In most matches Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will back his players to get themselves out of trouble in terms of moving the ball quickly and passing sensibly to ensure that they don’t get drawn into a physical battle.
If a physical battle becomes unavoidable then Arsenal do have players in the form of Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere, who are well suited to putting a foot in and ensuring that the team is competitive.
However, they can’t carry that responsibility for the club throughout the coming year, which suggests it’s important for Wenger to try and utilise the time left in the transfer window and the cash at his disposal to give his midfield something different.
However, as Wenger has always maintained, he won’t throw cash at deals for the sake of doing so if he doesn’t feel specific targets can improve what he already has.