Robbie Savage identifies the player Arsenal need to sign

The BBC Sport pundit believes Arsenal need a proven defensive midfielder to provide balance to Arsene Wenger's side

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Robbie Savage has urged Arsene Wenger to sign a defensive midfielder to provide balance to the Arsenal team.

The Gunners overhauled their squad in the January transfer window to offer their long-suffering supporters with some hope.

Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed a move to Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez secure a transfer to Manchester United.

The Gunners signed Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a club record £56m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal were 5-1 winners against Everton in their home debuts earlier this month as Aubameyang opened his Premier League account and Mkhitaryan made three assists.

However, the January signings were powerless to prevent the Gunners succumbing to a 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby on Saturday afternoon.

Former Leicester midfielder Savage highlighted the player that Wenger needs to help Arsenal challenge their top-six rivals.

“Arsenal miss a defensive midfielder. A player who can protect the back three or back four,” Savage told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Arsenal sold Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window to revamp their Gunners squad.

The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table and seven points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure a Champions League spot.

Arsenal finished in fifth last term for the first time under Wenger.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
French Open 2018: Who’s won, who’s back, who’s in form: the champions, the schedules – and some key numbers
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard drops major hint about his Chelsea FC future
The Sport Review
Virgil van Dijk sent clear warning ahead of Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
The Sport Review
Dejan Lovren: Liverpool FC star is definitely the best in the world