Arsene Wenger told Arsenal need summer signing to fill key role

Chris Sutton believes Arsenal need to sign a commanding leader before the close of the summer transfer window

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsenal need to sign a strong leader in the summer transfer window, says Chris Sutton.

The Gunners are looking to improve on their fifth-place finish last season after the north London side missed out on a place in the Champions League.

Arsenal suffered a humiliating exit from the European competition last term after Bayern Munich were comfortable 10-2 aggregate winners against Arsene Wenger’s side.

The French coach signed a contract extension with Arsenal this summer despite some of the club’s supports calling for the 67-year-old to stand down as manager.

Wenger has signed Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac in a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 back in June to improve his defensive options.

The Gunners have also signed Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon last month to have a greater goal threat next term.

But former Chelsea striker Sutton believes Arsenal are still missing a leader in their team as the Gunners look to end a 14-year Premier League title drought.

“Arsenal haven’t recruited that strong leader that they need,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Arsenal are behind other clubs. They’re good but they’re not that good.”

Arsenal won the Community Shield last weekend thanks to a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley.

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