Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Man City star

Paul Merson says Arsenal still need to sign three new players

Paul Merson says Arsenal still need to sign three new players (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needs to sign at least three players this summer – and says Manchester City defender John Stones would be a welcome addition.

The Gunners have endured another turbulent season, with the club only winning 13 of their 36 Premier League fixtures under first Unai Emery and more recently Arteta.

Arsenal are currently ninth in the table – nine points behind fourth-placed Leicester City – although could boost their season by winning the FA Cup and face Man City in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.

Merson is concerned about the quality of Arteta’s squad and says Arsenal need to sign a centre-back, central midfielder and striker this summer.

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And the Gunners legend has endorsed Arsenal’s pursuit of City and England defender Stones, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates recently.

‘Arsenal need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker. The whole spine of the team really,’ Merson told Starsport.

‘And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Manchester City defender John Stones

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Getty)

‘Arsenal need an out and out defender, not another David Luiz who knows how to play the ball out from the back but makes a lot of mistakes.

‘But Stones is English, young enough to improve, and Arteta will know all about him and know he fits into the system.’

Looking ahead to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, Merson added: ‘I expect City to win.

‘Arsenal have a chance because it’s a one-off game and anything can happen. If they defend like they did against Liverpool it could get interesting.

‘But that’s the thing with Arsenal, you can’t rely on them to play with any consistency and they would have to get massively lucky to get to the final.

‘Arteta said himself the gap to the top two is enormous and he’s dead right. Arsenal are a million miles away.

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‘If you look at the quality of City versus Liverpool and the North London Derby, it’s chalk and cheese really.

‘And with the squad City have, they have to be favourites to win the FA Cup. If they’re in trouble they can bring on five top class subs!’

Manchester City go into the FA Cup semi-final having won their last three Premier League matches and 22 points above Arsenal in the table.

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