Emery urged to sign a Milner, Pires has transfer message for Arsenal fans over new signing, German makes Gunners claim
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Gunners legend Sol Campbell has urged Unai Emery to go out and spend money on a player like Liverpool’s James Milner.
Arsenal may have spent some serious money during the summer transfer window that improved certain areas of the pitch, but Emery is expected to delve into his transfer kitty during the next couple of windows to keep on improving the side.
There are many fans out there that believe that Emery has failed to sign a player that can lead the side, and must bring in a leader or two And Arsenal legend Campbell believes Emery needs a player in the mold of Milner or Ray Parlour who can set an example for the rest of Arsenal’s squad.
‘For me, it’s the controlling of the game. The middle of the park is where they’re lacking,’ the former Arsenal and England centre-back told talkSPORT.
‘The steeliness and the balance just isn’t there. It’s the middle of the park, you win or lose a lot of games there.
‘You can have a strong back or a strong front, but if you haven’t got a middle that’s really solid, then you have forwards dropping too deep because they’re not getting fed and defenders doing too much
‘You get less attacks against you [with a stronger midfield], because you control the game more and you have the ball more.
‘You win second balls and you don’t give silly fouls away. Yes, you’ve got to sort out the back. But in the middle of the park, they’ve got to get someone solid.
‘They’ve got to realise the ingredients they need to win in the Premier League. At the moment, the ingredients aren’t right.
Gunners legend Robert Pires has urged Arsenal fans to be patient with record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Gunners boss Unai Emery shocked many fans during the summer transfer window and made Pepe the clubs record signing after the young winger impressed last season in the French Leagues, where he had a 20-plus goal season and attracted all sorts of interest.
However, since his arrival to the Emirates he has failed to make the kind of impact that many fans wanted to see from a player that has cost the clubs £72 million, and there are already sections of fans who are questioning whether or not he is actually ready to be part of this current Arsenal side.
But speaking to Reuters at a Global Sports Week launch event in London on Wednesday, Pires has come out and defended the young man and has urged Arsenal fans to be patient with Pepe, as he needs time to adjust and get used to the Premier League.
He said:: ‘With Lille, he was fantastic. Last season he was one of the best players, he scored 21 or 22 goals. He’s a great player.
‘Now he’s playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and he needs to adapt. It’s so difficult, very tough. So I want to say to the fans you need to be patient with Pepe.’
Arsenal splashed a lot of money to secure a deal for the talented young man and that is a lot of added pressure on his shoulders, especially as Gunners fans expect the best from their players.
Shkodran Mustafi says he won’t throw his toys out of the pram at Arsenal after being denied a summer move away from the Emirates.
There was a lot of speculation over the summer window about whom the Gunners would try and bring into the club to freshen things up, and turn this current side into a side that is worthy of getting back in the Champions League for next season.
But there was also a lot of speculation about the future of Mustafi, the defender that has not fulfilled the potential that Arsenal believed in him when he was signed from the Bundesliga just a few seasons ago.
The defender was reportedly close to a move away as Emery signed David Luiz at the very last minute, but a move never materialised, and the Mustafi played his first minutes of the season in last night’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
But despite his limited game time and despite not getting the move he wanted, Mustafi has admitted that he has no intention of going to war with the Gunners.
“I’ve never been someone who begins a war when something doesn’t work out,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“I always said: If it is possible, I am open to take the next step. If not, I keep playing my football.
“My father, who is my agent, spoke to the club. I am an Arsenal player and have still got two years on my contract.
“The manager said he sees me the same way he sees every player in the team. That’s why I played today and that’s it.
“We are going to see what the future holds.”