Arteta told he’s "missing a trick" if Arsenal fail to sign Milinkovic-Savic

Youri Tielemans would fit nicely at Arsenal if James Ward-Prowse takes the soft option and stays at Southampton.

I start to worry when that happens when a player plays it safe like that. What are you going to do, realistically, at Southampton? West Ham wanted Ward-Prowse and that would have been a good move for him too because they will finish above Saints.

But I said before that Arsenal should have gone in for him. The thing is, if he's staying at Southampton, maybe he doesn't have the ambition? Leicester's Tielemans would tick the box for Arsenal. He'd be a decent alternative. But Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the player I would go for.

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If Arsenal get either of those two, they have had a major window. Now more than ever, Arsenal need a top-class midfielder to compete with the best. 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. The thing with Tielemans is that he plays in the Premier League. He already has the know-how. He's proven. And Arsenal don't have time for bedding players in.

They have to hit the ground running this season because the eyes will be on Mikel Arteta. They can't afford to have the kind of start they had last season because I don't see them being as patient this time around, not after spending all this money. Signing a top-class midfielder gives them every chance. You'd be saying it's between Arsenal and Tottenham for fourth, and maybe even looking at overtaking Chelsea.

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I think signing that kind of player brings them into the equation one hundred per cent. They've done really well to get Gabriel Jesus. I think he's a great signing – and I don't think Manchester City sell him to just anyone. I think that has only happened because Arteta and Pep Guardiola are close.

And remember, Jesus played plenty of big games for City over the years. Guardiola trusted him. That's a really good sign. I think he has all the tools to be a big success at Arsenal, and he is just what they need – a winner with Premier League experience and a proven goalscoring record. 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.

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