Arsenal: Darren Bent wants to see club sign a midfielder in January

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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.

Martin Keown has stressed that the injury problems are starting to show at the club and to combat the issue, Bent wants it addressed when the market reopens. Speaking on talkSPORT he said:

“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!

No, focus elsewhere!

Thomas Partey only came on as a substitute during the defeat in Eindhoven with journalist Harry Symeou stressing that Albert Sambi Lokonga isn’t on the same ‘level’ as the Ghanaian enforcer.

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.

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