Martin Keown has highlighted the central midfield area as a key department for improvement at Arsenal in an interview with the Daily Mail – and he wants to bring in a “young Steven Gerrard.”
Injuries to Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey this season have left the Gunners scraping the barrel for central midfielders this season but Martin Keown has been impressed with how Francis Coquelin has risen to the challenge.
He told The Mail: “Francis Coquelin has done well but he’s now starting when he wasn’t being considered not long ago. You’ve lost Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey but Coquelin has a bit of that all-action style about him.”
Keown keen for reinforcements
But the former Invincible is still adamant that the club needs to make improvements in that area – and he wants them to find themselves a younger version of Liverpool’s clubman.
He continued: “But I still think Arsenal need a player that can dominate a game in there, somebody who can create and also defend so well. A young Steven Gerrard would be perfect!”
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Wenger yet to deliver
Arsenal have become a club somewhat top-heavy in attacking midfielders in recent years with Alexis Sanchez, Santi Carzorla, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all vying for very few starting places.
Arsene Wenger has been urged by supporters and pundits alike to sign a new central midfield player quite a few times in the last few windows but the Frenchman is still to deliver on those demands.