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Charlie Nicholas claims Arsenal should have tried to sign Chris Smalling

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Charlie Nicholas claims Arsenal should have tried to sign Chris Smalling

Charlie Nicholas has claimed that Arsenal should have tried to sign defender Chris Smalling, as he would have made a difference at the Emirates Stadium.

Smalling has been with Manchester United since 2010, but was deemed surplus to requirement in the summer.

The 29-year-old joined Italian club Roma on a season-long loan and he’s majorly impressed so far in Serie A.

It seems like the centre-back has rediscovered his form in Italy to look rock solid in defence with his pace and power, while he’s also comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Smalling has earned 31 senior caps for England, but hasn’t been involved in the Three Lions squad since 2017.

Sky Sports pundit Nicholas wishes that Arsenal had attempted to sign him from Old Trafford at the beginning of the season.


“Why not – and I don’t know how much he would have cost – go and get (Chris) Smalling from Manchester United in the summer before he went to Roma? Because he’d be better than what they had,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

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TBR’s View:

Smalling’s revival at Roma has been a great story given some difficult times at Manchester United and perhaps he could still make a comeback in the Premier League.

Arsenal went down the route of adding experienced Brazilian David Luiz from Chelsea to reinforce their centre-back options, but it still seems they are light in that department.

Unai Emery’s team are crying out for a big-name signing in the heart of defence if they realistically want to get back towards challenging near the top end of the table.

They concede far too many chances as a team right now and could be in trouble when they travel to Leicester City at the weekend in the Premier League.

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