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4 players who could solve Arsenal’s midfield problems

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19.48K   //    13 Feb 2018, 21:53 IST

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Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina was linked with a move to Arsenal last summer.

Arsenal have Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny as options in the midfield, but the Gunners’ quartet are flawed individuals, who are costing the side points this season.

Supporters have been desperate for manager Arsene Wenger to sign a commanding midfielder to bring physicality and a dominance to the engine room, and here are four players who they should consider.

#4 Mario Lemina – Southampton

The 24-year-old, who joined Southampton from Juventus in 2017, is a box-to-box midfielder, being adept defensively and driving with the ball from deep. Lemina has made 19 Premier League appearances for the struggling Saints this season, boasting a tackle or interception every 18 minutes, while making 42 successful dribbles (91% success rate).

 Arsenal had the chance to sign him last summer before Arsene Wenger opted against a move, but many believe the Gunners should have procured Lemina’s signature due to the qualities he brings on the pitch. The £20m Gabon midfielder boasts an 89% pass completion ratio, and while contracted until 2022, Lemina could consider a move away as Southampton are currently in the relegation zone.

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