Jamie Carragher Says That Signing a World Class Defensive Midfielder Will Solve Arsenal Problems

​Arsenal haven’t had the best of starts to the new Premier League season as four games in and the Gunners have already conceded eight goals including a 4-0 thrashing from Liverpool last month.

Liverpool Legend Jamie Carragher told the ​Evening Standard that Arsene Wenger really needs to Strengthen his side’s defence, starting with a world class defensive midfielder after failing to sign Dutch centre half Virgil van Dijk this Summer. 

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“The fact Arsenal didn’t really strengthen at the back apart from Sead Kolasinac, who is more of a left-back, shows where Wenger’s priorities are,” he said.

“It’s not just the defenders – it’s the cover in midfield. Arsenal don’t have a great holding midfield player who can protect that back three.”

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Carragher believes the current midfield at Arsenal were not lacking discipline at Anfield as Wenger has centred the team to an attack-heavy mindset.

Though previously linked to OGC Nice’s Jean Michael Seri, a deal failed to finalise as the player saw Barcelona as his priority destination this summer, ultimately staying at Nice as the Blaugrana lost interest in the Ivorian. 

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Carragher compared Wenger’s tactics to Antonio Conte’s and why the latter was so successful with Chelsea in less than two years.

“It’s not just about individual players,” he said. “It’s about the mentality of the managers, how they see football, how they see the game.


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“There is no doubt with Conte, being Italian, he is very strong on the defensive side. It looks as if, for Wenger, the attacking side is the most important.”

Carragher reflected on the fact that Wenger hesitated to bring N’golo Kante to the Emirates last year, stating that Conte knew how important the Frenchman was to his system at Chelsea. 

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4 Key Battles That Could Decide Chelsea and Arsenal’s Huge London Derby Clash on Sunday

Chelsea and Arsenal square off on Sunday afternoon, in what is shaping up to be a thrilling match-up between the two fierce London rivals.

Both sides will have strong squads to pick from for the big match, and here’s four key battles that could be pivotal in deciding the outcome of Sunday’s game…

4. Eden Hazard vs Héctor Bellerín

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Eden Hazard looks like he might be ready to return to the starting lineup for Chelsea on Sunday, after a putting in a string of tantalising cameo appearances in recent matches as he continues his recovery from pre-season ankle surgery. 

The talismanic Belgian is one of the most gifted forwards in the game, and could cause Arsenal real problems in this game. Héctor Bellerín is one of the few Premier League defenders with the pace to match that of the 26-year-old, and will certainly be in for a busy afternoon.

3. Granit Xhaka vs N’Golo Kante

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Bossing the midfield will be crucial in this match, and the match-up between Granit Xhaka and N’Golo Kante looks set to be a fascinating battle.

Xhaka has the physical attributes to shut Kante down, but his lack of discipline could prove costly in such a fiercely contested match.

Kante was the PFA Player of the Year for a reason last season, and his ability to break up the play, as well as forge attacking moves, could see Xhaka chasing shadows for much of the game.

2. Alexis Sánchez vs Marcos Alonso

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Alexis Sánchez has a lot of hard work ahead of him if he is to win back the adoration of Arsenal fans, after being the centre of a summer-long transfer saga which resulted in the player staying at the club seemingly agains his wishes.

Sánchez could well be deployed in the right forward position on Sunday, meaning that he will be facing off against Marcos Alonso.

Sánchez has all the tricks necessary to cause the former Bolton Wanderers man some real bother on Sunday, but Alonso’s rise to greatness at Chelsea will give him the confidence needed to rise to the challenge.

1. Álvaro Morata vs Laurent Koscielny

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Álvaro Morata has taken to life at Stamford Bridge like a duck to water, scoring three goals and providing two assists in his opening four league matches for the Premier League champions.

All of Morata’s goals for Chelsea have been with his head so far, and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will need to be at his best in the air on Sunday to compete with the powerful Spanish forward.

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VIDEO: Jack Wilshere Sends Arsenal Fans Wild with Great Move in Build Up to Bellerin’s FC Koln Goal

Arsenal fan favourite Jack Wilshere has left supporters purring after pulling off a delicious dummy in the build up to Hector Bellerin’s goal in the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over FC Koln on Thursday night.​

Arsene Wenger’s men got their European campaign underway in sensational form last night with a win over their Bundesliga opponents. Despite conceding an early goal from Jhon Cordoba, the second half saw the Gunners find the back of the net three times in order to come away with all the spoils, and everyone is going nuts over the build up to their final goal.

Hector Bellerin was the one to seal the points for the home side after 81 minutes, but that wasn’t before a very clever bit of play from the recently returned Wilshere, who took four defenders out of the game with a sensational dummy.

​​Breathtaking. A wonderful bit of vision that showcases just how good the 25-year-old can be when he’s actually match fit. The trouble is keeping him that way. As is predictable, Arsenal fans were sent into a frenzy:

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​​What eventually turned out to be a spectacular game of football was threatened to be marred by the antics that went on beforehand. Some 20,000 FC Koln fans had rocked up to London throughout the day ahead of kick-off and caused huge disruption around the English capital.

With only 2,900 tickets dedicated to away fans, the travelling supporters used their overwhelming numbers to attempt to break into the Emirates Stadium – resulting in the match being postponed an hour.

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Arsenal Could Offer Premier League Return to Juventus Star Juan Cuadrado

​Arsenal could offer Juventus star Juan Cuadrado the chance to return the Premier League as boss Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his side with one or two additions during the January transfer window. 

The Gunners had been targeting Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and even though a €92m deadline day bid had been accepted, they failed to complete the deal – with ​Transfermarketweb reporting that Arsenal is now focusing on the cheaper option of Cuadrado.

While the Colombia international had a difficult time with Chelsea, being shipped out on loan to Juventus in 2015 after just six months and again for the 2016/17 season, he has helped the Italian giants to secure two double winning seasons earning permanent move to Massimiliano Allegri’s side this summer.

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Wenger promised to spend bid and bring some top stars to the Emirates during the summer transfer window but after only securing Alexandre Lacazette for £50m the Gunners have suffered a shaky start to the season.  

With two wins and two losses from their opening fixtures they are lumbering in 11th with the next few months having a massive impact on any title challenge hopes. 

Cuadrado’s addition could make all the difference after he scored twice and assisted six times in 30 league appearances last season and with a goal to his name already this campaign his form hasn’t dipped during the break.


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Regardless of who they bring in, Arsenal will desperate to bolster their attacking options after Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both entered the final year of their contracts with it being likely that they will leave on free transfers next summer.  

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Martin Keown Calls on Arsene Wenger to Start New Signing for Crunch Clash With Chelsea

​Martin Keown has told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger that he must start left-back Sead Kolasinac during their clash against rivals Chelsea. 

The Gunners have had a turbulent start to the new season after winning two and losing two of their opening matches and they will be looking for a positive result when they make the short trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

While it will be a difficult match against the champions, the​ Daily Mail report that Martin Keown has urged Wenger to start new signing Kolasinac who could be the difference for Arsenal. He said: “I would definitely start Sead Kolasinac at left wing-back.

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“He has the right mentality and creates a lot of chances, too, so could trouble Chelsea’s right side. Him playing on the left also allows Bellerin to start on the right, where he looks a lot more comfortable.”

Kolasinac has made a good impression since moving to the Emirates in July from Schalke with his physical defending giving Arsenal security at the back which they have been lacking during previous campaigns. 

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While his opening matches could have gone better after the Gunners narrowly beat Leicester 4-3 and then lost 1-0 to Stoke, it was his absence during the Liverpool match that was heavily felt after Wenger left the defender on the bench to watch hopelessly as Arsenal were demolished 4-0 by the Reds. 

However Kolasinac reclaimed his place in the side during their 3-0 win over Bournemouth and after being subbed on at the end of the first half against Koln he went onto to score just four minutes into the second half. 


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Kolasinac’s performances are clearly having a positive effect on Arsenal and while Chelsea lost their opening match they have gone onto win their next three against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester. 

The Gunners may have beaten the Blues in both the FA Cup and the Community Shield but they will need their strongest side over the weekend to secure any points.   

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