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Verratti will bring ‘nastiness’ to Arsenal – Keown

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Unai Emery needs to bring “nastiness” to Arsenal, says former Gunners defender, Martin Keown, who posits that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti would be a perfect signing.

The new man in charge at Emirates Stadium knows all about the Italy international after serving two-year stint at Parc des Princes.

It has been suggested that he could be lured away from PSG if the right offer is tabled and Keown believes it is players of that ilk which Arsenal need to be adding to their summer shopping list.

Asked about the changes made in north London, Keown said: “To expect that Emery will transform this team into champions overnight is unrealistic.

“Arsenal has been run in Arsene Wenger’s way for 22 years and, given the sheer spending power of the Manchester clubs, the competition is fierce.

“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.”

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