Tony Adams urges Mikel Arteta to strengthen Arsenal squad in two key areas after Man City win

Adams wants to see Arteta bring in some steely defenders
Adams wants to see Arteta bring in some tough defenders (Pictures: Stadium Astro/Getty Images)

Tony Adams says Arsenal need to sign some ‘tough’ defenders and a commanding central midfielder to get back into the top four places.

Despite improving under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners are marooned in 10th place in the Premier League table with Champions League football out of reach.

However, the north London side will be buoyed after booking their place in the FA Cup final with their 2-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double sunk Pep Guardiola’s team, as Arteta exacted revenge on his former mentor.

But, in order to get back into the top tier of European football, Arsenal icon Adams believes as well as tying down their out-of-contract star Aubameyang to a new deal, they must bolster their defence and midfield in the summer.

‘When you see players like [Aaron] Ramsey leave and [Laurent] Koscielny leave, you kind of go alarm bells for me,’ Adams told Stadium Astro.

Arsenal striker Aubameyang is yet to sign a new contract
Aubameyang is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Give them what they need and keep them at the club. We want to build a team to win the league. 

‘If you want to build the team you give [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang what he needs and you go and get some more top quality players. You don’t plug the holes with kids coming through. 

‘Arguably, why did you buy [Nicolas] Pepe when you’ve got [Bukayo] Saka? You need to plug the holes in the appropriate areas. 

‘It looks like we found a goalkeeper that’s been at the club already, so he might come through you might save yourselves a fortune anyway.

‘But, I still think they need a couple of real tough defenders and a Gilberto [Silva] or a Patrick Vieira or Emmanuel Petit right in front and I think they’ve got a top four team.’

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