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Arsenal need to “spend big at the back, not just upfront”

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Sol Campbell has advised his former club to break the bank for a top-class defensive acquisition and not just on strikers.

Arsenal spent big in the summer of 2019. The smashed the club’s transfer record with the signing of Nicolas Pepe.

However, that left them scrambling and settling for a cheap alternative at the back with the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea.

Former Gunners defender Sol Campbell insists if his old club is to catch up to the likes of Liverpool, then they need to spend the kind of money they dish out on strikers on a top-class defender.

Speaking to Stadium Astro the former England center back points to Liverpool and Virgil Van Dijk as the perfect example.

He said: 

“Look what Liverpool did, you know Van Dijk. For me, could I see Arsenal spending that type of money?” 

“Sometimes it does take that type of money if a player is nailed on and you’ve got to get him and he can actually start to change the outlook of your team, especially from the back.”

“It might take something like that.”

“They don’t mind buying Nicolas Pepe and spending that kind of big money upfront but you’ve got to realize that sometimes you need to catch up with the rest of the guys.”

“You’ve got to go for it. Going for it at the front, paying big money for front guys, but don’t underestimate getting quality defenders to hold that backline together.”

So if money was no object, just who should Arsenal bring in at the back?

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