Sol Campbell: Liverpool man is exactly the kind of signing Arsenal need

Date published: Thursday 19th September 2019 11:21

Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has said that Arsenal should sign someone similar to James Milner, saying that a player with “attitude” such as the Liverpool midfielder would improve the squad.

Milner, who moved to Anfield from Manchester City on a free transfer in 2015, has gone on to become a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side, with important contributions in midfield and from the penalty spot among others.

Arsenal have looked shaky in defence this season, such as on Sunday when they surrendered a two-goal lead against Watford and, speaking to talkSPORT, Campbell said that a signing similar to Milner is exactly what his former side need.

“You can have a strong back or a strong front, but if you haven’t got a middle that’s really solid, then you have forwards dropping too deep because they’re not getting fed and defenders doing too much,” the 45-year-old said.

“You get less attacks against you [with a stronger midfield], because you control the game more and you have the ball more. You win second balls and you don’t give silly fouls away. Yes, you’ve got to sort out the back.

“But in the middle of the park, they’ve got to get someone solid. They’ve got to realise the ingredients they need to win in the Premier League. At the moment, the ingredients aren’t right.

“You look at someone like Milner, the attitude. The Ray Parlour attitude. That’s the kind of attitude that Arsenal need. The love of football and desire to keep going, I think they’re lacking that. I look at Milner and think we need a little bit of that at Arsenal.”

Arsenal face Eintracht Frankfurt in their first Europa League game of the season on Thursday before playing Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.


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