Arsenal told to forget about signing Premier League defender

Stewart Robson doesn't believe Arsenal should sign Chelsea captain John Terry at the end of the season

Chelsea captain John Terry Photo: John Terry/Snapchat

Arsenal shouldn’t sign Chelsea captain John Terry in the summer transfer window, according to Stewart Robson.

The Blues skipper announced earlier this week that the defender will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Terry failed to secure a place in Antonio Conte’s first-team throughout the campaign despite the Italian constructing a system with three centre-halves.

The Chelsea boss has preferred Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz ahead of Terry, who has even fallen behind Kurt Zouma in the pecking order.

Speaking to talkSPORT about the possibility of Arsenal signing Terry from Chelsea in the summer, former Gunners man Robson said:

“He would have to move down [a level] slightly. I don’t think he is the top player he was.

“He has been a brilliant player for Chelsea, he was a brilliant player for England, but he lacks mobility now. Players in the Premier League need to be mobile – they can’t be static.

“He can’t play in a three at the back and I’m not sure he can play in a two now. He needs too much protection. An excellent player, but I think he probably knows he can’t play at the very top any more.”

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Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and seven points behind Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 before Chelsea and Terry dethroned their London rivals in 2004-05.

The 36-year-old has won four top-flight crowns throughout his decorated Chelsea career.

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