Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes that Arsenal need to strengthen at the back.
Merson spent twelve years at Arsenal, winning two league titles in that time. A big part of the team’s success at the time was the backbone consisting of players like Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Lee Dixon, and Nigel Winterburn in defence.
In contrast to that side, The Gunners now lack quality at the back and have shipped 30 league goals this season. That is the most of any team in the top seven of the Premier League and something which needs to improve.
Speaking during The Debate show on Sky Sports, Merson had this to say about his former employers:
“They need someone at the back. If you keep on leaking goals and defending like they are then you are not going to get in the top four.”
He then went on to say West Bromwich Albion’s Evans would be top of his list of transfer targets, and that he is one of the best defenders around at the moment.
“I’m a big fan of Evans. People might say he’s at West Brom, but he’s one of the best centre-halves around in my opinion.
“He is very underrated, he would be up the top of my list.
“I still think they need a holding player and they are poor at the back. Until they sort that out you can have 10 forwards but it still won’t be good enough.”
Despite his comments that Arsenal should prioritise strengthening the defence, he did also say he believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be a ‘sensation’ at his old club.
The Armenian is on the verge of completing his transfer to the Emirates from Manchester United, with Alexis Sanchez going in the opposite direction.
Merson believes Mkhitaryan has ‘lost his way’ at United but would be a great signing should Arsenal get him, as expected.
“I am a big fan of Mkhitaryan.
“I watched him at Dortmund, where he was voted player of the season and scored plenty of goals.
“He has lost his way at Manchester United but if Arsenal get him, with the way they play and the way Arsene Wenger is going forward with attacking players, I think he will be a sensation.
“He is a great signing for Arsenal if they get him.”
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena