Pundit reckons he knows the weakest part of the current Arsenal team

Owen Hargreaves believes Arsenal needs to bolster their central midfield because it is their obvious weak spot at the moment.

Mikel Arteta’s side is the only Premier League club that has won all their league matches this season after three match weeks.

The Gunners have made a stunning start to this campaign and they will want to maintain it for the rest of the term.

Arteta has added some new names to his squad in this transfer window, and the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko are doing very well.

These new arrivals have made Arsenal look unbeatable in the first few games of the season, but there are more games to play.

It is unlikely that they will go through this season unbeaten, but with good depth, they could challenge for the title.

Former Manchester United man, Hargreaves believes they need another midfielder.

He said on the Kelly and Wrighty Show: “Interestingly, I think for Mikel and Edu, two central midfield players – I’d say that the weakest part of that team right now is probably there.

“I think that is probably where – they have really good pieces of the puzzle – I think you can invest big on a guy there to carry you to take the next step.

“I think they are really close but maybe one guy that can make a difference is that central midfield position.”

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Hargreaves played as a midfielder and he had a very good footballing career.

He knows the importance of one and Arsenal probably knows they need one, too.

This is because they are interested in a move for Youri Tielemans and the Belgian could join them before the transfer window closes.

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  1. This is great. Perfectly agree. Good that an honest pundit has said this.
    We have said this over and over but Arteta seems to trust Xaka so much that he doesn’t want to see anyone else play there. Of course he is doing well right now especially with the arrival of Zechenko. But if he gets a red card and Partey is unfit, what happens?

  2. The weak point may be a stronger central midfielder for catalyzing attack.
    More crucial is a new goal scorer to colead the front line with Jesus.
    Target shots are still at ten .
    The sustained victory strategy for the season relies on scorers and not on strikers.
    Seewant Bhoojedhur.

    1. Man City played majority of its last season matches without natural Strikers,yet he gotten desired results. Though I’m not contesting that we should jettison it but we have three potential Strikers, Gabriel Jesus, Nketiah, and BALOGUN we also need sharp and swift right winger and dimunitive midfielder that can spraykiller passes. With these attributed players if we are able to contract the right choices, alas we shall be singing Champion songs are the end of the season campaign, I swear.

  3. Who can guide strikers to become goal scorers.
    Answer is the coach team to advise and teach them to be sharp at foot when looking for the net.
    Same strategy for head scorers to ensure good positioning and sharpness.

  4. Not happening re. Tielemans, Owen old son!

    But you are correct that we do need another central midfielder plus a proper DM(not had one of any real quality since Gilberto, back in dinosaur days). And another striker and a Right winger too.

  5. ITs no news that our midfield is without depth, I’m confident Arteta and Edu will surprise us,
    I hope Neto joins, as for the CDM position,I believe we’ll get someone, who we can’t say.

  6. I totally agree. We need a solid and mobile midfield to allow the forward line to concentrate on goals

  7. Another midfielder won’t do any thing for the team as of now. I don’t agree with the pundit who said this because i think we’ve a decent midfield depth in Xhaka, Odegaard, Partey, Elneny, ESR, Vieira and the growing Sambi Lokonga. Xhaka is doing very well in his new role unexpectedly, which is a good sign because there will not be a need for a new midfielder. And the fact that his injury record is very good is a rest for the brain.

    ESR, though he can’t play in a double pivot, can play the a no 8 in a midfield 3. Sambi is showing his quality recently a no 8. And i think he will develop there and get some game time in league cups and europa.

    Finally vieira is certainly gonna replace Xhaka in the future if things go as planned. Elneny on the other hand, though he’s not as good as partey, has done well at the end of last season and he will continue playing in partey’s absense. The fact that quality DM’s aren’t that much available on the market and the priorities were other positions this transfer window is the reason for Arteta not buying one.

    Nevertheless nothing is for granted. So we’re gonna have to wait and see.

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