Martin Keown: Arsenal need to make this world-class signing

Martin Keown says Arsenal will need to sign a world-class midfielder in the summer transfer window

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign a world-class midfielder in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have endured a tough Premier League campaign and the north London side face an uphill challenge to secure a top-four finish with five games to go in their season.

Arsenal lost 2-0 to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at White Hart Lane last weekend following goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Granit Xhaka was criticised for a poor derby performance after the Switzerland international moved to Arsenal in a £33m deal from Borussia Monchengladbach back in the summer transfer window.

The north London side have been without Santi Cazorla throughout most of the 2016-17 season due to the Spain international’s long-term ankle problem.

Former Arsenal defender Keown explained why the Gunners need to sign a top-class midfielder at the end of a disappointing campaign under Wenger.

“On the pitch, they need to sign one of Europe’s best midfield players. Granit Xhaka is improving but he is not putting fear into the Premier League’s top teams,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Arsenal need a player who can dictate the play. They have felt the loss of Santi Cazorla greatly and it has massively affected the group.

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