Rio Ferdinand: These are the signings Arsenal must make this summer

Rio Ferdinand tells Arsenal that they must sign a proven centre-half in the summer transfer window

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has told Arsenal that they must sign a proven centre-half in the summer transfer window, as well as other stars with Premier League experience.

The north London side have been heavily criticised for failing to produce consistent performances this season.

Their stuttering form in the Premier League has caused them to drop down to seventh place in the table and leave their hopes of Champions League qualification in serious doubt.

Arsenal did take a step towards redeeming themselves before the season is out by booking their place in the FA Cup final thanks to a 2-1 comeback win over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

However, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand still believes that Arsenal are still some way short of being genuine title contenders as he discussed the players he thinks the Gunners should sign this summer.

Writing in his column for The Times, Ferdinand said: “Players come on the market who you think Arsenal will be in for, but they never seem to buy the player you think will address the problems they’ve got — the signing of Petr Cech apart.

“They need a solid centre-back with leadership. Players who know the league, players who know the demands: Arsenal never seem to be in for those guys. And they used to be.”

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Arsenal take on Leicester City at The Emirates in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

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