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Arsenal legend Sol Campbell tells Unai Emery to sign player in the mold of James Milner

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Arsenal need a player with James Milners attitude, says Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell has argued that Unai Emery is lacking a player with the attitude of James Milner or Ray Parlour in Arsenals midfield.

The Gunners won their two opening matches in the Premier League against Newcastle and Burnley but have failed to record a victory in their last three games.

Though Arsenals defence received the brunt of criticism following Sundays 2-2 draw away to Watford, the sides weaknesses in midfield have also been glaringly obvious.

Granit Xhaka has worn the captains armband this season but the Swiss has been widely panned for his performances at the heart of Arsenals midfield.

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Arsenal legend Campbell believes Emery needs a player in the mold of Milner or Parlour who can set an example for the rest of Arsenals squad.

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For me, its the controlling of the game. The middle of the park is where theyre lacking, the former Arsenal and England centre-back told talkSPORT.

The steeliness and the balance just isnt there. Its 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 havent got a middle thats really solid, then you have forwards dropping too deep because theyre not getting fed and defenders doing too much.

Campbell thinks Arsenal are lacking in midfield
Campbell thinks Arsenal are lacking in midfield (Picture: Getty)

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 dont give silly fouls away. Yes, youve got to sort out the back. But in the middle of the park, theyve got to get someone solid.

Theyve got to realise the ingredients they need to win in the Premier League. At the moment, the ingredients arent right.

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He added: You look at someone like Milner, the attitude. The Ray Parlour attitude.

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Thats the kind of attitude that Arsenal need.

The love of football and desire to keep going, I think theyre lacking that. I look at Milner and think we need a liRead More – Source

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