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Ian Wright is wrong to think Arsenal should sign Martin Skrtel

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Former Arsenal striker and club legend Ian Wright has made his opinions on the future of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel clear by tweeting that he should join Arsenal.

Although Wright claimed that Skrtel's presence at the Emirates would bring Champions League football to the club, but participating in that tournament happens on a yearly basis for the Gunners.

Maybe what the ex-striker meant was that he could bring more talent into Arsenal's Champions League squad, but that thought can be immediately eradicated from one's mind because he failed to help Liverpool through this year's group stages.

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Why shouldn't he leave?

Arsenal have a well established back line. Laurent Koscielny may be injury prone, but at least Arsene Wenger has the men to cover for him. The signing of Gabriel was a smart move by the Frenchman as the former Villarreal man has brought more comfort into the team.

That can be justified by Arsenal's barnstorming end to the season which has only seen them lose twice in 2015.

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If the Slovakian does move to north London, I find it hard to picture him starting on a regular basis. Some may say that Per Mertesacker needs replacing, but come to think of it, he is a key asset in Arsenal's side. 

Do you really expect a player such as Skrtel getting in the Arsenal side ahead of Gabriel, Mertesacker and Koscielny?

Why shouldn't Arsenal target him?

There is one simple reason why Wenger should not have Skrtel on his transfer wish list and that is because he isn't good enough.

Not only will it be a waste of money, because Liverpool wont be throwing him away cheaply, but it will also be a waste of space. If you're going to clog up your squad, at least fill it with quality instead of clutter.

Admittedly, the 30-year-old is having one of his better seasons at Liverpool, but I fail to agree that he will be just as good with Arsenal. I think he enjoys playing with his new friend Dejan Lovren as well as his many team-mates that he respects.

Why would you take him away from that when he is close to retirement? By the time he settles in at the Emirates, he'll be well past his use by date. That can be backed up by the fact that it has taken him a good seven years to comfortably fit in at Anfield.

Why shouldn't Liverpool let him go?

As I have just touched upon, Skrtel is just settling in at Liverpool, so it would only seem foolish to let him go now.

Liverpool isn't the most attractive club to join at the moment. By the looks of things, they're going to miss out on Champions League football next season.

Finding a half-decent replacement for the centre-back would be an uphill struggle itself, so forking out a world-class defender would be a huge achievement for Brendan Rodgers and his scouting staff.

The Reds should be pushing on for the title again next season, and with Skrtel performing so well, that would only knock them back in their efforts.

Plus, the Slovakian's leadership attributes are at the highest level. With Steven Gerrard jetting off to Los Angeles to play in the MLS at the end of the season, somebody's got to take charge on the pitch, and the most likely candidate for that role is Martin Skrtel himself. If Liverpool let him go, they will crumble. 

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