Sol Campbell urges Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal squad around new marquee defender

Campbell says Arteta needs to concentrate on signing a marquee defender
Campbell says Arteta needs to concentrate on improving his defence (Picture: Getty Images)

Sol Campbell has urged Mikel Arteta to go out and sign a top defender to transform the Arsenal team, like Virgil van Dijk has done for Liverpool.

While the Gunners’ defence has seen a slight improvement under the Spaniard, there is still a lot of work to be done for them to be considered a strong unit.

Van Dijk has helped fire the Reds to Champions League and Premier League glory in the last two seasons and showcased the monumental impact a commanding leader in the back line can have on a team.

And Arsenal legend Campbell advised his former side to invest heavily in a marquee centre-back, rather than focusing all of their attention on attacking signings.

He told Stadium Astro: ’Look what Liverpool did, you know [Virgil] Van Dijk. For me, could I see Arsenal spending that type of money? 

‘Sometimes it does take that type of money if a player is nailed on and you’ve got to get him and he can actually start to change the outlook of your team, especially from the back. 

Campbell doesn't believe Arsenal's defence is built for the long-term
Arteta has worked to improve the defenders at his disposal (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It might take something like that, they don’t mind buying [Nicolas] Pepe and that kind of big money up front. 

‘But, you’ve got to realise that sometimes you need to catch up with the rest of the guys. 

‘Sometimes when the player does come available and you really think this guy can really change it and you’ve looked at all the scenarios, you might have to dip in the pocket and buy someone big at the back to take that on and then you build around him. 

‘But you’ve got to go for it. Going for it at the front, paying big money for front guys, but don’t underestimate getting quality defenders to hold that back line together.’

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