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Ex-Arsenal striker Campbell: Saliba and Tierney can win games

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has urged the club to wrap up deals for William Saliba and Kieran Tierney.

Saint-Etienne and Celtic have both rejected the Gunners initial approaches for their two young defenders.

He told football.london: "It's no secret that Arsenal's defence wasn't as good as it should have been last season.

"Laurent Koscienly has been a real servant to the club but he's approaching veteran stage and needs to be replaced.

"Nacho Monreal is 33 years old and not be getting any younger while it's fair to say Shkodran Mustafi hasn't played well.

"Arsenal need to solidify their defence. I know they've been linked with a lot of players such as Thomas Meunier, Samuel Umtiti, Joachim Andersen and Armando Izzo - who are all good players but I would pull out all the stops to get William Saliba.

"He might be young but he is very talented - and of course Kieran Tierney.

"If Arsenal could get those two players then it would give Emery such a boost in terms of their Champions League hopes for next season.

"I know we only finished one point off fourth place last season but if we had beating Brighton instead of drawing 1-1 and beaten, or even drew with Crystal Palace over Easter, instead of losing 3-2, then we would have made the top four.

"I know you shouldn't revisit particular games and say 'what if' but it's fine margins at that level and I believe Saliba and Tierney would help Arsenal to greater heights next season."

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