Merson urges Arsenal to sign two players including Bournemouth man

Date published: Tuesday 11th February 2020 8:39 - Joe Williams

Paul Merson Arsenal Chelsea

Paul Merson thinks Arsenal are still short of two players and has recommended that the club sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

The Dutchman signed for fellow Premier League side Bournemouth for £20m from Chelsea in 2017 where he has made 21 league starts this season.

Ake has been tipped to move back to former club Chelsea, while the Gunners have also been linked.

“They need a centre half and a world-class holding midfielder,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I think Arsenal need to play with a back three. They’re not good enough as defenders to play as a four.

“Ake has pace and he’s played in England for a while, so if you brought him in for next season he’s not a player who will need time to get used to the league for six months.

“Arsenal need to hit the ground running [next season] and everybody needs to know their jobs in the team.”


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