Sol Campbell has argued that Unai Emery is missing a player with the ‘attitude’ of James Milner or Ray Parlour in Arsenal’s midfield.
The Gunners received their two opening matches in the Premier League towards Newcastle and Burnley however have failed to file a victory in their final three video games.
Though Arsenal’s defence obtained the brunt of criticism following Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Watford, the facet’s weaknesses in midfield have additionally been manifestly apparent.
Granit Xhaka has worn the captain’s armband this season however the Swiss has been extensively panned for his performances at the coronary heart of Arsenal’s midfield.
Arsenal legend Campbell believes Emery wants a player in the mold of Milner or Parlour who can set an instance for the relaxation of Arsenal’s squad.
‘For me, it’s the controlling of the recreation. The center of the park is the place they’re missing,’ the former Arsenal and England centre-back advised talkSPORT.
‘The steeliness and the balance just isn’t there. It’s the center of the park, you win or lose rather a lot of video games there.
‘You can have a strong back or a strong front, but if you haven’t received a center that’s actually stable, then you’ve got forwards dropping too deep as a result of they’re not getting fed and defenders doing an excessive amount of.
‘You get much less assaults towards you [with a stronger midfield], since you management the recreation extra and you’ve got the ball extra.
‘You win second balls and you don’t give foolish fouls away. Yes, you’ve received to type out the again. But in the center of the park, they’ve received to get somebody stable.
‘They’ve received to realise the elements they want to win in the Premier League. At the second, the elements aren’t proper.
He added: ‘You have a look at somebody like Milner, the angle. The Ray Parlour angle.
‘That’s the variety of angle that Arsenal want.
‘The love of football and desire to keep going, I think they’re missing that. I have a look at Milner and assume we want slightly bit of that at Arsenal.’
Arsenal kick off their Europa League marketing campaign away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night and Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have been rested for the conflict.
‘We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad,’ Emery defined.
‘Sokratis and Mesut they relaxation this match.
‘I prefer after Sunday’s match [for Ozil] to relaxation and practice and to be prepared for Sunday [against Aston Villa].’