Adams: Arsenal have never replaced Gilberto

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Tony Adams believes Arsenal have failed to ever successfully replace Gilberto Silva, and has urged his former club to add a steely midfield reinforcement before the close of the transfer window.

On talkSPORT's Hawksbee and Jacobs show this morning, the ex-Gunners captain spoke passionately about the sorry state of affairs that fans are having to put up with, and called for Arsene Wenger to splash some cash between now and September 2.

The frugal Frenchman has been particularly quiet - even by his own standards - with Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini the only new additions to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Both players joined on free transfers, while a number of reported targets bypassed the chance to move to the Emirates Stadium, instead signing for other clubs.

"The problem with Arsenal in recent years is they have been too open," reflected Adams. "They are very susceptible to the counter attack.

"Since Gilberto went, that screen has been missing. The balance is all wrong. They are too gung-ho, the full-backs bomb forward and there is no security. That's the big problem."

In order to solve the problem that has often plagued Arsenal in recent years, Adams suggested signing a defensive midfielder - in the mould of Gilberto - to sit and protect Wenger's often shaky defensive line.

"They need to find the player – either in the system or go out and buy him – to go into that holding midfield role," he added.

"They need someone in there who can break up play when they throw everyone forward. They need to be looking for the next best Gilberto."

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