Mills issues 'big' claim on Arsenal signing 'world-class' Xhaka upgrade
Danny Mills has admitted he is “not convinced” Arsenal can sign a “world-class” player to replace Granit Xhaka.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England full-back claimed London and wages are a “big pull” but Arsenal are still not capable of signing the best players in the world.
The Gunners are extremely short in midfield and Mikel Arteta admitted, via football.london last week (9 January), he wants to strengthen that area.
The issue was compounded last night (13 January) as Xhaka was shown the fifth red card of his Arsenal career in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg and will now miss their next two games.
As quoted by Sky Sports ahead of the game on Tuesday (12 January), Arteta insisted the club were still capable of attracting world-class players.
“London’s a big pull, wages are a big pull.” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“They’ve got a young team. Can they bring in world-class players? I’m not convinced. Maybe that next level down.
“For me, world-class means that if there are three teams – gold, silver and bronze – you get into those teams.
“You’re talking the best 30, 40 players in the world. Are they going to go to Arsenal? I’m not convinced.
“Winning the World Cup and Champions League, that’s what we’re talking about. Are Arsenal going to be signing World Cup winners or Champions League winners? It’s highly unlikely, I would say.”
Arsenal’s only current fit and available senior midfield option is Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Charlie Patino, 18, made his senior bow earlier this year while Miguel Azeez has been reportedly been recalled from his loan spell at Portsmouth.