Martin Keown believes Arsenal need world-class signing to replace 24-year-old

The Arsenal legend wants to see Arsene Wenger sign a world-class midfielder to replace Granit Xhaka

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Granit Xhaka Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown believes Arsenal need to make a world-class signing to replace Granit Xhaka in midfield.

The Gunners endured a tough summer transfer window despite making two new additions to the Arsenal team.

The north London side spent a club-record £52m fee on Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette earlier this month to improve their attacking options.

Arsenal managed to sign Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.

The Gunners were also able to hold onto Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez despite the forward’s desire to leave the club.

England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the big-name departure following his £40m switch to title rivals Liverpool.

Asked to identify where Arsenal need improvement after a disappointing summer transfer window, former Gunners defender Keown said:

“Arsenal need a world-class midfield player,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “They need someone who wants to get around the pitch.

“From a defensive point of view, Arsenal do not have that player.

“Granit Xhaka has been a huge disappointment in terms of the ground he covers.”

Arsenal lost 4-0 to Liverpool in their last Premier League game to heap further pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The north London side have lost their last two top-flight fixtures on the road to leave Arsenal six points adrift of current leaders Manchester United.

The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League last term to miss out on a place in the Champions League.

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