Jamie Redknapp: Arsenal won’t finish in top four until Arsene Wenger makes key signing

The former Spurs midfielder believes Arsenal need a proven defensive midfielder to transform Arsene Wenger's side into top-four challengers

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Ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp Photo: Sky One

Jamie Redknapp doesn’t anticipate Arsenal securing a return to the Champions League until Arsene Wenger signs a defensive midfielder.

The Gunners managed to create some new-found positivity surrounding their top-four challenge earlier this month after Arsenal were 5-1 winners against Everton at The Emirates.

January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan impressed in the north London side’s resounding victory over the Toffees in the Premier League.

However, Tottenham were comfortable 1-0 winners against Arsenal in the derby clash at Wembley on Saturday afternoon following Harry Kane’s headed winner.

Arsenal haven’t had a specialist defensive midfielder in their ranks since Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira dominated the middle of the park.

Former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp doesn’t anticipate Arsenal competing for a top-four finish again until Wenger signs a proven defensive midfielder.

“Arsenal can have all the pace they like in attack,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“Until they buy a midfield powerhouse in the vein of Patrick Vieira, they will remain also-rans in the race for the top four.”

Arsenal signed Switzerland international Granit Xhaka in a £33m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Monchengladbach in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Xhaka has struggled to make a positive impression at the north London club and has regularly been criticised for his poor disciplinary record.

Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with 11 games to go in the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

The Gunners will take on Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley later this month.

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