Ian Wright says Arsenal absolutely ‘need to’ sign player with 98 PL appearances now

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Ian Wright has said on ITV that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal need a player like James Maddison of Leicester City.

Sky Sports reported this week that Arsenal are interested in signing Maddison from Premier League rivals Leicester in the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old England international attacking midfielder himself is claimed to be open to a move to the Gunners.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Arsenal need a player like Maddison.

Wright said on ITV, as transcribed by The Sun: “Arsenal will be up there, the fact Arsenal are a team that are still trying to build and be where they want to be, players like Maddison is the kind of player Arsenal need to bring them back there.

“Like Liverpool, Manchester United before them have been through their mile-and-a-half of pipe like Andy Defraine in Shawshank Redemption where you see light at the end of the tunnel.

“Arsenal need players like that but that’s where you’ve got to put respect on Arsenal’s name for trying to get back where they were.”

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Would James Maddison make Arsenal better?

Emile Smith Rowe is the only senior central attacking midfielder in the current Arsenal squad.

And he is only 21.

Martin Odegaard is back at Real Madrid now, and the Norway international attacking midfielder may not be return to the Gunners.

Arsenal need another playmaker to have a successful season, and Maddison would be a good signing.

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The 24-year-old scores goals, creates chances, has vision, has been a success in the Premier League, and links up well with his teammates.

The Leicester no.10 scored eight goals and gave five assists in the Premier League and scored two goals and provided one assist in the Europa League last season.

Maddison has scored 21 goals in 98 Premier League appearances so far in his career.

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