Stan Collymore says Arsenal should have signed Geoffrey Kondogbia

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Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Geoffrey Kondogbia this summer.

Talksport pundit Stan Collymore feels that Arsenal should have signed Geoffrey Kondogbia this summer, writing on Twitter that the midfielder plus Karim Benzema would have completed the title jigsaw.

The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for the French star throughout June, with a report in The Sun claiming the club were plotting a £25 million bid in order to secure his services.

However, a bid from North London seemingly never arrived for the defensive midfielder and Kondogbia instead later completed a switch to Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Answering in a Q&A session on Twitter, Collymore said that the Gunners should have signed him as he hints that the club are too weak in the central midfield area.

Midfield dilemma

Arsenal duo Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are among the best midfield partnerships in the Premier League, offering a perfect balance of defensive protection and creativity going forward.

In Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, manager Arsene Wenger has potential alternatives should Cazorla pick up an injury or suspension, yet can the same be said of the more defensive-minded Coquelin?

The Frenchman’s impact last season meant that he soon became one of the first names on the team-sheet, but question marks remain over his midfield competitors Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.

When Coquelin picks up an inevitable injury or suspension, a huge void will need filling and many Premier League observers such as Collymore feel the alternatives aren’t good enough.

Kondogbia would have been a clear upgrade on the alternatives, with an analysis piece published by HITC showing he may also have pushed Coquelin hard for a regular starting berth.

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