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Tony Adams says Arsenal need a Yaya Toure

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Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams claims the club need their very own version of Yaya Toure if they are to make the step up from being a top four side and become genuine contenders for the Premier League crown.

The Gunners relinquished their chance to win the title in the recently concluded club campaign, having enjoyed a position at the summit of the table for a period of greater time than any other side.

As so often is the case with Arsenal, the wheels came off when the going got tough and they were just able to confirm their position in the coveted Champions League places by the time the season reached its end.

There was, of course, an FA Cup triumph to go with this, but there are still more questions than answers about Arsene Wenger’s side given their desperate performances when it really mattered in the league, with thrashings handed out by Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

And Adams believes the Arsenal midfield is an area that must be addressed by Wenger during the summer transfer window, with the addition of more pace and power imperative if they are to seriously mix it with their nearest rivals.

“[Mikel] Arteta is a good player without being great and would like a big strong guy in there to complement the other midfielders,” Adams told the Daily Express.

He added: "I don't think they are the answer for me. Mathieu [Flamini] and Mikel [Arteta] are ok, but I don't think the quality is there to win the league.

"There is no Yaya Toure for me. The table doesn't lie. They have fourth based players there.

"You need championship winning players and the squad doesn't lie."

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The acquisition of a player in the Yaya Toure mould is not something just needed by Arsenal, however, but practically every other team in European football, other then Manchester City themselves, of course. And there are little options other than the man himself.

Paul Pogba has been establishing himself as a player similar to Toure since his transfer from Manchester United to Juventus, but the French youngster will prove far too expensive for Arsenal, even if he is admired by Wenger.

Juventus value the 21-year-old at £60 million - as was discovered by Manchester United when they made initial enquiries about bringing Pogba back to Old Trafford. But who else could Arsenal look to recruit to provide the power, drive and goalscoring ability of Toure?

Well, Cesc Fabregas can fill the latter two categories, but Arsenal passed on the opportunity to sign their ex-skipper, with Wenger claiming he could not fit the Spain international into the same side as record signing Mesut Ozil.

But many would argue that there would indeed be room for Fabregas were he utilised in an anchor role, ideally in place of Arteta - a position that Arsenal will be looking to fill in the not too distant future. It is a transfer miss that remains difficult to fathom.

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