Arsenal need to sign a world class player in this transfer window, according to former defender Martin Keown. Reported in the Evening
Keown said: “Last year when it was Nasri and Fabregas it impacted so much on the group that when they were seven games in it was like a relegation fight. And I think this time round this won’t happen if van Persie goes. I think the squad is stronger both mentally and in quality.”
But despite his confidence in the team’s ability to regroup if the Dutch forward leaves, the Premier League winner is convinced there is still a need to attract a big name to the red half of North London.
Keown added: “We’re almost kind of getting used to losing top players now, it’s just a shame that so many are going. If we look back to Dennis Bergkamp coming to the club, when he came to the club…that was a real wake-up call – he came in, everyone took note, Arsenal’s going in a different direction. Arsenal could almost do with one of those world stars coming in again.
Keown played in a side that can be considered the golden era for the Gunners, with players such as Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Ian Wright, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry at the club. But after those players all moved on to pastures new, Arsene Wenger took the side to in a different direction once again, focusing on younger talent instead.
This new philosophy, whilst producing some top stars, has failed to produce trophies, meaning those players the club have invested time in growing – such as Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini and Ashley Cole – have sought football elsewhere.
Wenger has already added to his ranks this summer with the addition of French striker Olivier Giroud and German forward Lukas Podolski.
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