By Will Butcher
Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal to sign a centre-back in the summer as their inability to keep a clean sheet continues to haunt them.
The Gunners have kept just one clean sheet in their last six games as well as conceding a huge 40 goals in the Premier League, joint highest in the top seven with Liverpool.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Man City in the FA Cup semi-final, Ferdinand urged manager Arsene Wenger to enter the summer transfer window for a new centre-back.
The former Leeds and Man United defender also criticised the Gunners’ recruitment policy, claiming they do not seem to buy any players that will address their problems.
“Players come on the market who you think Arsenal will be in for, but they never seem to buy the player you think will address the problems they’ve got — the signing of Cech apart,” Ferdinand told The Times.
“They need a solid centre-back with leadership. Players who know the league, players who know the demands: Arsenal never seem to be in for those guys. And they used to be.”
Wenger currently has Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and Rob Holding to choose from as his centre-back options, but the Gunners’ leaky defence has been a major downfall of their season.
It remains to be seen if Wenger will stick with a three-man defence that he deployed against Middlesbrough on Monday, as the Gunners go up against Man City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Wenger will be looking to salvage something from a disappointing season at Wembley on Sunday, but must knock City out of the competition if they are to book a place in the final against Chelsea on May 27.
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