Lauren says Arsenal need to sign a centre-back with presence

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker comes off injured

The Gunners are in need of a new centre-back following the injury to Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker comes off injuredArsenal's Per Mertesacker comes off injured

Former Arsenal defender Lauren has told the London Evening Standard that Arsenal need to sign a physical centre back with presence to replace Per Mertesacker.

The Gunners have something of a defensive crisis on their hands heading into the new season after the German defender picked up a injury in pre-season.

He is set to be missing for at least five months of the season, while Laurent Koscielny is still on extended leave following his run to the final of Euro 2016 with France this summer.

Republic of Ireland's Jon Walters in action with France's Laurent KoscielnyRepublic of Ireland's Jon Walters in action with France's Laurent Koscielny

It means Arsene Wenger has only Gabriel Paulista as well as youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding available to him to fill the role.

He has already admitted that they will be forced into the market for a defender because of Mertesacker’s injury, and Lauren says they need to target one with a physical presence.

“With or without Per Mertesacker’s injury, Arsenal need a new centre-back,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“But a different type of centre-back, one with more physical presence. We need someone with determination and someone who is commanding.”

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Rob HoldingPicture Supplied by Action Images - Rob Holding

It remains to be seen if Arsenal can find the centre-back they need before the end of the transfer window.

Given the inflated prices of this summer, they are likely going to need to spend big money to secure one, which means they may target a more permanent replacement for Mertesacker rather than a back up option. 

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Arsene WengerPicture Supplied by Action Images - Arsene Wenger

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