Mikel Arteta must prioritise bringing a centre-midfielder to Arsenal this January, according to Gunners fan and former Premier League striker Darren Bent.
The north London club have enjoyed a fine start to the campaign and sit top of the Premier League table after 11 matches.
However, after carving out three successive narrow 1-0 victories, Arteta’s side were held by Southampton before a defeat against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.
“I think we need another midfield player in there if something does happen to Thomas Partey because he has been a little bit injury prone.
“Then you’re not asking Xhaka to slot into that role because that’s not his natural position he doesn’t want to play there.
“So I would still like Arsenal in the January window to bring in one more body. I know Zinchenko can play in there but he’s been injured.
“But I would like Arsenal to spend a large chunk of that [transfer budget] on another midfielder.”
TIF Thoughts on Bent’s comments…
Do Arsenal need to sign another midfielder?
No, focus elsewhere!
With Granit Xhaka also excelling further forward as a number eight scoring four goals this term, then it would be advised that Edu Gaspar and the recruitment team look for another alternative when the market reopens.
They tried with a deadline day move to land Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa in the summer, but with the Brazilian since signing a contract extension in the west Midlands it remains to be seen who the Emirates Stadium outfit may target.