Premier League giants tol solve issues? Unai Emery told to wrap up deal for Leader and solve long-term Arsenal issues
Unai Emery has been told to sign a leader to solve his long-term Arsenal problems, so should they make a move for Issa Diop?
Look despite all the transfer speculation and rumours over the summer window that Emery was going to be backed in his chase to land some world class signings, The Gunners once again wasted their money on signing players that are the future, and that are past their best.
And inability to spend the big money on leader-type-players has started to cost the side dearly in the early stages of the season, as Granit Xhaka was this week stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following the incident in the 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace last month.
But former Liverpool ace Danny Mills says it is clear there are not enough leaders in the squad and reckons that must be solved in the transfer market, telling the TalkSport website: “They don’t have the right characters and I think they’re scrambling around at the moment and that’s why maybe they went to the players in the first place [to choose the captain] because [Unai] Emery looked around and thought ‘I don’t have one.
“Maybe he should have bought one, maybe that should have been part of his remit. We’ve all known that they’re lacking a holding-midfield player and they’ve been lacking centre-halves for some time.
“They’re ideal captains, they’re going to play week in, week out.
“Look at what Virgil van Dijk is – at Liverpool he would be the ideal captain wouldn’t he? If it wasn’t [James] Milner or [Jordan] Henderson, whoever it would be.
“He’s going to play, he’s clearly a leader, he’s organising things, all those types of things.
“That’s probably Arsenal’s downfall, they haven’t brought in the players that they needed and one of those was probably a captain-type figure.”
And Diop should definitely be on the shopping list?
A number of clubs looked at Issa Diop over the summer but baulked at the fees being asked by Toulouse for the 21-year-old; West Ham didn’t, and his displays for the Hammers have justified their decision.
After a difficult start to the season, Diop has excelled at the London Stadium, forming a solid partnership alongside Fabien Balbuena. He’s good one-v-one, is quick, decisive and uses the ball well, Standing 6ft 4in also, if he continues his upward trajectory then the France Under-21 international has an extremely bright future.
Look Arsenal have the financial power to go out and buy the kind of leaders that will help Emery out in his job, as he simply cannot pass the captains armband around and hope that it lands on someone that fans agree with.
If ARSENALare to get back to winning the big titles, then they need to change how the club was run under Arsene Wenger, or they will find themselves in this kind of situation on a yearly basis.
And although Diop is a talent, He is already showing that he could lead this Arsenal defence.
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