Unai Emery should sign Marco Verratti to bring “steeliness” and “nastiness” to Arsenal, apparently.
Emery was revealed as Arsenal’s new manager earlier this week, with the club having conducted an extensive search for Arsene Wenger’s successor.
Reports suggest Emery will be granted a summer transfer fund of just £50million, and Martin Keown wants the majority of it spent on one man.
“To expect that Emery will transform this team into champions overnight is unrealistic,” Keown wrote for the Daily Mail.
“Arsenal has been run Wenger’s way for 22 years and, given the sheer spending power of the Manchester clubs, the competition is fierce.
“Emery inherits a side that can do damage in the final third but lacks a steeliness and a nastiness, particularly away from home.
“If he can restore these ingredients, then Arsenal can at least challenge in the Premier League. The fans want to see a team that can dig in, battle and scrap.
“Emery needs to bring in a player like Marco Verratti, who he managed at Paris Saint-Germain, to instil those qualities in midfield.”