Arsenal need to improve in central midfield to reach the next level, believes Owen Hargreaves | Soccer

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Xhaka granite and Thomas Partey have formed a partnership in Arsenal midfield (Image: Getty Images)

The weakest area of Arsenal’s side are central midfielders and need to improve on that position to make the step up to the next division, believes former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

The Gunners have had a perfect start to the season, the only Premier League side to have won all three games to date, and have started the season top of the table.

New signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko immediately integrated into the team and impressed in their early appearances in Arsenal shirts, while William Saliba has returned from his trips on loan and is likely to be an excellent Premier League centre-back.

However, Hargreaves, who won the Premier League with United in 2008, feels Mikel Arteta lacks quality options in the midfield where Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey have featured in all three games so far.

While Hargreaves is impressed with the Gunners, he believes they need to bring in a higher-quality player in central midfield if they want to improve further.

“You’re thinking now that Ben White, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsdale have a base there to build on,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.

“Interesting for Mikel and Edu [Arsenal’s technical director]two good central midfielders, the weakest part of this team is probably there and I think that’s where they have (room for improvement).

“You have really good pieces of the puzzle, but you could invest big bucks in a guy to carry you to take the next step. I think they’re really close, but one guy who could really make a difference is in central midfield and these two guys will know that better than anyone.

Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is reportedly available for around £38million as his contract with King Power expires next year.

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