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Ex-Ipswich star Holland: Arsenal lack defensive midfielder

Former Ipswich Town ace Matt Holland feels Arsenal need a new defensive midfield signing.

Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho has also been touted as a possible arrival at Emirates Stadium.

Asked if the Gunners needed to strengthen in defensive midfield, Holland told the Daily Star: "Yeah, probably.

"They've got Flamini and Arteta, and maybe even Diaby too if he can stay fit.

"They've got a multi-talented squad. Absolutely top-class individuals, but they are probably a little bit light in that centre midfield powerhouse area where in the past they've had the likes of Gilberto Silva, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit.

"They've had an enforcer, a box-to-box midfielder who's got a bit of a presence about them.

"That is one area they do lack, and if Thomas Vermaelen goes to Barcelona, as seems likely, then they are a centre-half short as well."

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