Arsenal CEO has been urged to finalise deal for £28m star to complete Arsenal’s dream midfield to partner with Thomas Partey.
According to Kevin Phillips, James Ward-Prowse has established himself as a key component in Southampton’s midfield and would complement Arsenal’s current midfield options.
To partner with Thomas Partey, Arsenal has been urged to sign Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
Ward-Prowse has made a name for himself in the Premier League as a tough center midfielder who also excels at set-pieces.
After spending his whole career with Southampton, the 27-year-old has been linked with a move to a bigger club and has been mentioned as a possible Arsenal target on several occasions.
A former Southampton player himself, Phillips believes Ward-Prowse is a player ‘Areteta would love in his squad.’
“Ward-Prowse is the sort of player Arsenal need,” Phillips said.
“Technically he is a very, very good player and he’s a dead-ball specialist.
“He’s the sort of player Arteta would love in his squad I imagine.”
Southampton would be reluctant to let go of a player who has come through their ranks to captain the club in England’s top-flight.
Having signed a five-year contract extension at the start of the season, Arsenal will have to break the bank to sign the England international.
But Phillips is of the opinion that Ward-Prowse would compliment Partey and his delivery from set-pieces makes him a must get and Arsenal CEO must act.
“Could they get him out of Southampton? That’s the question,” Phillips asked.
“He just signed a new deal and I think he’s happy there. It would be a big test if Arsenal could knocking [sic] though. He could be persuaded to join.
“Ward-Prowse is the sort of player Arsenal need to be looking at in the summer.
“He’d compliment Partey well and let’s be honest, there’s not many better set-piece takers than him in the world.”