Arsenal 'should have signed Kevin Phillips'

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Arsenal should have signed Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips in January in order to provide an extra goalscoring option in their pursuit of silverware, says to Tony Cascarino.

Lauded as a 'genius' by Alex McLeish after his winning goal against Bolton last Saturday, Phillips was the subject of interest from clubs in January but Blues refused to let him leave St Andrew's.

Although it seems unlikely that Arsenal were one of the clubs to have attempted to sign the 37-year-old, Cascarino believes the Gunners would have done well to snap up the diminutive finisher.

“Arsenal missed a trick by not signing Kevin Phillips in January," the ex-Chelsea forward to The Times.

“They need a goalscorer and Phillips is the best finisher in the top flight, as he showed on Saturday in Birmingham’s victory over Bolton at St Andrew’s.


“It doesn’t matter how old a player is if he’s never relied on pace. You don’t lose those predatory instincts.”

More likely for Arsenal, however, is a move for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, who has consistently been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has been urged to spend in the summer in order to end Arsenal's trophy drought, and more potent goal getters are thought to be high on his wish list.

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