William Gallas has urged Mikel Arteta to sign a ‘top, world class centre-back’ as Arsenal’s current crop make too many mistakes and lack experience.
The Gunners have signed Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus so far this summer but Arteta wants another midfielder and a defender before the window closes.
Arsenal are battling United to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, with the Argentine capable of playing at centre-back, left-back and defensive midfield.
And Gallas has backed the club’s desire to sign a centre-back as the Frenchman says the Gunners need more experience in the back four.
‘I think they need to get one centre-back, a top, world class centre-back because it’s very important to have a player who has got a lot of experience at the back. One who can manage the defensive line,’ Gallas told Getting Casino.
‘Unfortunately last season Arsenal conceded some goals, I was watching the games and I can see the centre-backs were a little bit too young and inexperienced. You need one experienced defender who can control the defensive line and can give information to his players, who can talk and speak with the other centre-back and the full-backs.
‘People forget about that and think if you have two good young centre-backs it will be fine, but that’s not the case. I don’t think it will be fine, they make some mistakes. That was unfortunately not good for them and they lost some games because of it.’
Arsenal retain an interest in Youri Tielemans but they’re yet to submit a bid for the Leicester City star.
The Belgian has a year left on his deal in the Midlands and the Foxes will reluctantly listen to offers of around £30m for the former Monaco man.
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