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Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Marco Verratti would be the perfect signing for the Gunners this season.
The Paris St-Germain midfielder has impressed this campaign in helping his club to the Ligue 1 title.
And Keown believes new Arsenal manager Unai Emery should look at bringing Verratti to the Emirates.
The Gunners struggled in their final season under Arsene Wenger only managing a sixth place finish in the Premier League.
Keown told the Daily Mail: “Emery inherits a side that can do damage in the final third but lacks a steeliness and a nastiness, particularly away from home.
“If he can restore these ingredients, then Arsenal can at least challenge in the Premier League.
“The fans want to see a team that can dig in, battle and scrap.
“Emery needs to bring in a player like Marco Verratti, who he managed at Paris Saint-Germain, to instil those qualities in midfield.
“You cannot fault Emery’s credentials. He has just won the French domestic Treble and it is only PSG’s relentless quest for greatness that has seen him lose his job.
“I would love to see a former Arsenal player in charge but appointing Patrick Vieira or Mikel Arteta would have been a huge leap of faith given neither has managed in Europe.”