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should sign a strong and commanding centre-back like Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane in this summer’s transfer window, says former Gunners striker Charlie Nicholas.
The France international has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the recent past, having established himself as a key defender for Madrid since his breakthrough as a youngster under Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal could do with strengthening at the back after a disappointing season saw them finish fifth in the Premier League – their lowest in the Arsene Wenger era.
Varane would surely be an upgrade on the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding, and Nicholas has recommended his old club go after a defensive player of his calibre.
‘Arsene needs three signings in my opinion,’ Nicholas said.
‘He needs another big-name centre-back, someone like Raphael Varane. He has spent big money so I’m not critical that he isn’t prepared to do that.’
Arsenal have already completed their first signing of the summer by bringing in Sead Kolasinac on a free from Schalke.