Martin Keown believes Arsenal are not far short of becoming serious trophy contenders again – and has named the two signings who could revolutionise their side.
The Gunners have shown signs that they are making steady progress under Mikel Arteta. Their run of four straight wins, however, was halted by Leicester on Monday night.
After the game, Arteta was clearly unhappy with the red card shown to Eddie Nketiah.
While Arsenal remain outsiders to claim a top-four finish, they could still win a trophy with FA Cup success.
But to be considered a more consistent side next season, Keown wants Arsenal to address their lack of midfield leadership.
The Gunners have long lacked a leader in the middle of the park and fans often pine for a modern-day version of Patrick Vieira.
Keown, however, believes they could go a long way to addressing that issue by securing the signing of Thomas Partey.
Reports over the past few months have linked the Gunners with a move for the Ghanaian.
The Atletico Madrid star has a £45m exit clause in his contract, though the price could be an issue. As such, it’s been reported that a straight swap between the two clubs could be organised.
Keown, though, just wants to see the deal get done and reckons he’s thrive alongside Lucas Torreira.
The former Arsenal defender told Stadium Astro: “I think Partey from Atletico Madrid, the midfield player that sits, very strong, tough player.
“He’s the sort of type of player that Arsenal need in that midfield.
“I think Torreira is a player who doesn’t get used enough, I know he’s been injured.
“[Granit] Xhaka has come in and done better but I’m not sure that is the right answer.”
Keown also wants defence addressed
Keown also thinks Arsenal need to find a leader in their central defence and urged Arteta to find an answer, especially if they want to reemerge in the Champions League outright odds any time in the near future.
He added: “We have an array of central defenders there at Arsenal.
“[Rob] Holding, Sokratis, [Shkodran] Mustafi, David Luiz – who’s the leader? Who’s the strong man?
“I think some work needs to be done there, maybe move a few out and bring some in. They’re the areas I’d target.
“The front three is there, we’ve already seen it, [Nicolas] Pepe doesn’t play but we have [Bukayo] Saka now, [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang.
“Aubameyang is as good as anything in Europe. It’s just adding one or two players.”