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Arsenal need two centre-backs ‘immediately

Arsenal need two centre-backs ‘immediately, Despite ending last season empty-handed and missing out on Champions League qualification for the third successive season, the Gunners have only signed 18-year-old winger Gabriel Martinelli during this window.

Kieran Tierney would be a welcome signing for Arsenal, but they need to bring in two centre-backs “immediately”, says Charlie Nicholas.

Fans scope understands that a £15m bid for Tierney was rejected by Celtic over the weekend, With an improved offer of £25 from the Premier League side rejected cause Celtic wants more money upfront.

Tierney’s got real power, real pace going forward. He’s turned into a very exciting full-back over the years and he’s vastly improved.

Arsenal need two centre-backs 'immediately
Arsenal need two centre-backs ‘immediately

“There is a question mark about his defensive frailties but then again he would be an improvement for Arsenal there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

“Kieran Tierney is a fabulous footballer, but he’s got a lot to learn defensively”.

Arsenal missed out on the Champions League for the second successive season after finishing fifth in the Premier League and losing heavily to Chelsea in the Europa League final.

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“Arsenal under Emery have to be a unit. You have to get the defensive structure right.

Nacho Monreal has actually done OK for Arsenal considering what his limitations truly were. He was a left-back, he was never a centre-back but he had to play there and that always told me that the reality was that Arsenal’s big problem has been centre-backs

“Hector Bellerin is still a bit away from fitness and we need cover but I’m really disappointed that we haven’t got any youngsters coming through that are really threatening to take over.

“If we can get a left-back like Tierney then great but two centre-backs are the absolute key.”

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