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Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell explains why Mikel Arteta should sign former Swansea City loanee Renato Sanches


Arsenal have been urged to sign Portugal international Renato Sanches (Picture: Getty)

Former striker Kevin Campbell believes Arsenal should consider a shock move for Lille and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches.

Sanches has endured a curious career, winning two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and playing in the Champions League but also flopping on loan at former Premier League club Swansea City.

The Portuguese midfielder only made 12 league appearances for the Swans, with then-manager Carlos Carvalhal saying he had a ‘very bad season’ and had ‘much to learn’ following the loan spell.

Sanches has somewhat improved his reputation at French club Lille and insisted earlier in the month he was ‘ready’ for a move to a top European club, with L’Equipe naming Arsenal and AC Milan as potential destinations for the 24-year-old.

Former Arsenal star Campbell believes Sanches would be a ‘very good’ signing for his ex-club and can add quality and experience to Mikel Arteta’s midfield.

‘I think he would be very good if they can get him in,’ Campbell told Football Insider.

‘He’s suffered with injuries but he’s still young. He’s a powerhouse in that midfield – he can pick the ball up, run, he can shoot, he can create.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could bolster his squad in January (Picture: Getty)

‘Having that power in the midfield can make a huge difference.

‘No disrespect to him but against Liverpool, for example, Sambi Lokonga was taken off by Arteta to save him. He was getting robbed time after time in that midfield.

‘Maybe there needs to be a bit more experience in there, and Sanches would bring it.

‘There’s a big opportunity for Arsenal – they’re still fifth in the table. They will be trying to improve the top end of the pitch and pushing for those top four places.’

Arsenal spent almost £150m on a host of new signings last summer but may be open to funding more deals in January following the team’s progress under Arteta.

The Gunners lost their first three games of the season in dismal fashion but have improved since then, winning five of their last six matches to climb to fifth in the table ahead of Thursday’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

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