Pundit claims Arsenal, Milinkovic-Savic transfer will be ‘icing on the cake’, with Chelsea suddenly at risk

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, AC Milan v Lazio September 2021 Credit: PA Images
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, AC Milan v Lazio September 2021 Credit: PA Images

Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to go after Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while also naming two other solid transfer alternatives.

The Gunners have wasted no time in bolstering their ranks this summer as boss Mikel Arteta looks to push on. While Arsenal only missed out on a top-four Premier League finish at the end of last season, Arteta looks as though he is on another rebuilding mission.

Indeed, former Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has moved to the Emirates Stadium for £45million.

Arteta has made Matt Turner his new back-up goalkeeper and wants Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez – rated at around £45million – to bolster his centre-back and left-back ranks – after the £50million arrival of Ben White last summer.

In midfield, meanwhile, exciting prospect Fabio Vieira has cost Arsenal £34million from Porto. But Arteta wants a more senior signing to really revolutionise his engine room in the long-term.

Merson insisted that long-term target Youri Tielemans of Leicester would “fit in nicely”. The pundit, writing in his Daily Star column, pointed towards the Belgian’s “know-how” of the Premier League.

Merson also tipped James Ward-Prowse to impress at the Emirates Stadium if he showed a desire to leave Southampton.

The former Gunner added that Arsenal “don’t have time for bedding players in”. But he insisted that, on balance, Lazio’s Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic “is the player I would go for”.

Paul Merson tips Milinkovic-Savic, Arsenal transfer

Lazio central midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Credit: PA Images
Lazio central midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Credit: PA Images

“Now more than ever, Arsenal need a top-class midfielder to compete with the best,” Merson wrote. “And I think Savic is a lovely player. A really top-drawer player.

“The way he played for Lazio last season I personally think he is the best midfield player in Italy.

“I know Manchester United have been linked with him in the past, but why there isn’t a queue of clubs lining up to buy the Serbian, I do not know. I think a lot of clubs are missing a trick.”

In fact, Merson concluded that Arsenal could even overtake Chelsea if they sign a “top-class midfielder”.

“You’d be saying it’s between Arsenal and Tottenham for fourth, and maybe even looking at overtaking Chelsea,” he added.

“But to bring in a top-quality midfielder as well would be the icing on the cake and Arsenal fans could then start getting genuinely excited.”

Gunners needed to bolster

Arsenal have an exciting group of younger talents in their team, but the lack of proper experience showed towards the end of last season.

The likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka are all stars of the present and the future of the club.

But it is that added touch of know-how that the Gunners lacked, in games such as the 3-0 defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace and the 2-0 loss at Newcastle which derailed their top-four and Champions League hopes.

 

Arsenal and Arteta will have learnt a lot from the end of last season – chiefly how it feels to come so close and lose out.

They will therefore be driven on from that frustration, but a new signing in midfield will help them too.

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