Ex-striker doesn’t expect Arsenal make this summer signing
Former Arsenal striker Stewart Robson doesn't expect Arsene Wenger to sign a holding midfielder in the summer transfer window
Arsenal won’t sign a holding midfielder in the summer transfer window, according to Stewart Robson.
The Gunners have already signed two players this summer as Arsene Wenger bolstered both his defensive and attacking options.
Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac moved to Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 on a free transfer to provide more competition at left back.
Arsenal spent a club record £52m transfer fee on France international Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue 1 side Lyon.
The Gunners spent £33m on Granit Xhaka last summer but the Switzerland international struggled to justify his fee.
Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny have all been used in holding midfield roles with mixed success.
Former Arsenal striker Robson believes the Gunners need a holding midfielder but doesn’t expect Arsene Wenger to invest in the position.
“Arsenal have a lot of midfield players at the moment,” Robson told ESPN FC.
“Coquelin is probably their best holding player but he’s not quite good enough. Xhaka didn’t do well enough last year. He hasn’t got enough pace. It’s an area I’d still be looking at.
“I don’t think Wenger will buy a holding midfielder because that’s what he bought Xhaka for.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to defending champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.