Macclesfield Town boss and Arsenal legend, Sol Campbell

Campbell: Arsenal need a James Milner or Ray Parlour type player

Sol Campbell has suggested that Arsenal need a player in the mould of James Milner or Ray Parlour in order to solve their defensive issues  

The Gunners surrendered a two goal lead against Watford at the weekend, allowing the Hornets to have a Premier League record 31 attempts on goal in the process, while David Luiz conceded the second penalty of his brief Arsenal career.

There have been many fingers pointed at the Arsenal back four as a particular area of weakness in the squad, though former centre-half Campbell reckons the side could do with some ‘steeliness’ in the midfield.

“For me, it’s the controlling of the game. The middle of the park is where they’re lacking,” he told talkSPORT.

“The steeliness and the balance just isn’t there. It’s the middle of the park, you win or lose a lot of games there.

“You can have a strong back or a strong front, but if you haven’t got a middle that’s really solid, then you have forwards dropping too deep because they’re not getting fed and defenders doing too much.

“You get less attacks against you [with a stronger midfield], because you control the game more and you have the ball more.

“You win second balls and you don’t give silly fouls away. Yes, you’ve got to sort out the back. But in the middle of the park, they’ve got to get someone solid.

“They’ve got to realise the ingredients they need to win in the Premier League. At the moment, the ingredients aren’t right.”

Campbell went on to name Liverpool’s James Milner and former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour as the type of players who have the kind of ‘attitude’ and ‘desire’ that is so sorely lacking among the Arsenal ranks.

“You look at someone like Milner, the attitude. The Ray Parlour attitude,” he added.

‘That’s the kind of attitude that Arsenal need.

‘The love of football and desire to keep going, I think they’re lacking that. I look at Milner and think we need a little bit of that at Arsenal.”

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