Sol Campbell has urged Arsenal to ‘buy clever’ this summer and has suggested a move for ‘solid’ Wolves defender Conor Coady.
Arsenal are anticipating a busy summer transfer window following a disappointing Premier League campaign, the north London side finishing eighth in their lowest league position since the 1994/95 season.
Several incomings and outgoings are expected at the Emirates, with former Gunners star Campbell offering his verdict on where Mikel Arteta should looks to strengthen his options this summer.
Campbell has suggested Arsenal make a move to sign England international Coady from Wolves, believing the centre-back possesses all the ingredients to become a major success in the capital.
“There’s a lot of players out there who can fit the Arsenal mould,” he told Ladbrokes. “Conor Coady is a good player; he’s comfortable on the ball, he’s a winner.
“He’s definitely got the kind of mentality Arsenal should be looking at in new players. He’s definitely someone they should look at because he’s so solid, he wants to defend.
“He can pass as well, he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s good in the air. He’s a good all-rounder and he’s got a bit about him.
“He’s at a good club now in Wolves, but he’s actually someone I’d be looking at for Arsenal this summer. He’s got a great attitude as well, and I like that.”
Campbell believes Arsenal are not in a position to sign ready-made stars for big sums in the current climate, though believes the Gunners can follow the lead of sides such as Leicester, Atalanta and Ajax with ‘clever’ recruitment this summer.
“I think Arsenal need to buy clever this summer,” he added. “It’s clear the spending power isn’t there; it’s nowhere near the levels other clubs are willing to spend, so they’ve got to look at that next level down. But in that next level you can still find decent players. They’ve just got to look a little bit harder. Leicester do it. Arsenal need the right people out there looking at players.
“The club doesn’t have the funds to take a risk on a player for £50/60m for it not to work out. But look at what Leicester have done in recent years; they don’t really tend to spend more than £30m on players and more often than not they’ve got it right.
“A lot of teams take risks on spending smaller amounts on players and giving them a bit of time to develop. Look at Atalanta in Italy, Ajax have been doing it for decades, and now Leicester are doing the same in the Premier League.”
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Author: Harry Diamond