Arsenal need outstanding centre-backs, not just good ones says Carragher.


Time will tell whether Gabriel is that man says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

In recent months Arsene Wenger has been criticised for not doing the right thing in the transfer window. The Arsenal boss didn’t take advantage of it last summer after Thomas Vermalean left the Emirates for Barcelona, resulting to the Frenchman playing Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy - on occasions - in the heart of the defence when Laurent Koscielny was absent due to injury.

However, the north London club secured the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Laliga side Villareal and former Liverpool defender Carragher gave his thought on how important it was for the Arsenal manager to get a defender in the winter transfer window.

"There's no doubt Arsenal have been lacking a centre-back since Thomas Vermaelen left for Barcelona,” the Liverpool legend told Sky Sports.

"They've had to play Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers - whom I think will end up playing in that position - and even Nacho Monreal there - full-backs playing as centre-backs.

"Has Gabriel come in to replace Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny right away or will he take a back seat for the next few months, act as cover and then really put pressure on those two next season?

"Villarreal have a good defensive record in La Liga but I think he will be an understudy to start with - unless someone gets injured and he plays fantastically well,” Carragher added.

"I actually think Koscielny and Mertesacker are quite good together but if Arsenal want to push on in the Champions League and win the title in the next couple of years, they need outstanding centre-backs, not just good ones. Time will tell whether Gabriel is that man.”


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