Mark Lawrenson names the signing Arsenal really needed in January transfer window

The Liverpool FC legend questions Arsenal's failure to sign a world-class defender in the January transfer window

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Mark Lawrenson has admitted that he is disappointed Arsenal didn’t make a world-class defensive signing in the January transfer window.

The Gunners managed to turnaround what looked like being a disastrous January with some big-name arrivals at The Emirates.

Arsenal brought in Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal as Alexis Sanchez sealed a switch to Manchester United.

The Gunners signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a club record £56m deal on transfer deadline day.

While Arsenal managed to get rid of controversial Sanchez last month, the Gunners sold Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott.

The north London side sold France international Olivier Giroud in a £21m deal to defending champions Chelsea.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson was critical of Arsenal’s failure to sign a top defensive player.

“My problem with Arsenal is [that] Arsenal have addressed the striking positions but Arsenal have done nothing about their team defensively,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

Arsenal signed inexperienced 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos in a £1.8m deal in the January transfer window.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 but Arsenal managed to get their hands on the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons.

Arsenal lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at Wembley on Saturday following Harry Kane’s winner to score his 23rd Premier League goal of the campaign.

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