Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has told Premier League Productions, as quoted by the Express, that Arsenal must upgrade their defence next season.
The man who managed Tottenham during the 2013/14 campaign has also identified the two players that Unai Emery should sign.
He believes that Brighton duo Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk would represent ‘realistic’ signings that they could sign within their budget.
The comments come in the aftermath of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Seagulls that left the Gunners needing a big goal swing on the last day to finish in the top four.
Sherwood thinks Brighton hold the answers to their problems ahead of the summer transfer window.
He told Premier League Productions, as quoted by the Express: “The defenders they’ve got are so bad. Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk improve them straight away for not a lot of money and they are realistic.
“You go to Brighton and say ‘There’s £50 million for the pair of your centre backs’, the money you’d have to pay them would easily fit into Arsenal’s budget and they’d improve the team straight away.”
It looks as though Sherwood has perhaps been fooled by one particularly good showing from the Brighton central defensive pairing.
Even Seagulls supporters would find these comments somewhat surprising. The club has survived by a whisker and Dunk, in particular, has been underwhelming this season.
There is an argument that they would still fit into Arsenal’s team, but there are definitely more astute options out there.
Paying £50 million for two central defenders from the club who will finish 17th in the Premier League is hardly going to get the Gunners faithful excited for next season, is it?
Sherwood is right to slam Arsenal’s current defenders as they haven’t been good enough. It is fair to suggest, however, that neither Dunk or Duffy are adequate enough to improve the Gunners either.