Robin van Persie urges Arsenal to consider some key signings this summer

Robin van Persie has his say on Arsenal's defensive weaknesses after their 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie (Photo: BT Sport)

Robin van Persie has urged Arsenal to consider making some key defensive signings in the summer transfer window.

The north London side booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday afternoon thanks to their dramatic 2-1 win over Sheffield United in the sixth round.

Dani Ceballos scored the vital winner for the Gunners in second-half stoppage time as Mikel Arteta’s men set up a semi-final meeting with Manchester City at the end of July.

Arsenal’s win was a welcome one given their stuttering form under Arteta since the return of top-flight football in England, with the Gunners now having won their last two games in all competitions.

Attentions will gradually start to turn towards the summer transfer window over the coming weeks and months, and Van Persie believes that it is crucial for the Gunners to bring in some defensive reinforcements.

Speaking to BT Sport after Sunday’s cup win, Van Persie said: “What I believe is very important for Arsenal and for Mikel is they find a way to fix the set pieces against.

“You fix that with mental toughness. It’s like when I played with you (Rio Ferdinand) and Vida (Nemanja Vidic), you would die to save the ball.

“You would put your head first, you would put everything to block the ball.

“That mentality is needed to compete for trophies, and to be honest I don’t really see that now and that’s not new, we talked about this before and it was even an issue in my time there.

“You need to find defenders who want to do absolutely everything to block that ball. They should try to find those types of defenders.

“I’m not saying these guys are bad, they are good players, but there is another level up if you want to win trophies.”

The north London side are currently ninth in the Premier League table and well off the pace in the race to seal a Champions League spot via a top-four finish this season.

Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they take on Norwich City in the top flight at The Emirates.

After that, Arteta’s side will face Wolves, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in their next three Premier League games.

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