Leader and not another top young talent is what Arsenal really need

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Many of the best youngsters from all over Europe have been linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, but it is a leader that could make the biggest difference in helping them win the Premier League in the next campaign.

Current captain Cesc Fabregas is already largely expected to leave North London at the end of the season, but although his quality with the ball cannot be questioned, he is not the type of leader Arsenal require.

Fabregas could be followed out the Arsenal exit door by the likes of Manuel Almunia, Sebastien Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner, while there are doubts about the future of playmaker Samir Nasri.

Nasri’s contract is set to expire at the end of the next campaign and the Frenchman has stated that he is unwilling to discuss new terms until the season’s finale.

These sales would provide Arsene Wenger with a sizeable transfer kitty, while owner Stan Kroenke should be able to top this up if required.

A number of budding stars could join Arsenal as replacements, with Borges Willian, Miralem Pjanic and Eden Hazard all touted as midfield purchases.

However, it is a leadership figure close to the style of the legendary Tony Adams that is the big need.

Thomas Vermaelen could be a short-term option, while Aaron Ramsey may fulfil the role in the longer term.

Sol Campbell filled the position with some success for a good period, but has never been replaced.

One transfer target that could fill the void is Gary Cahill, which would also give Arsenal a player with valuable Premier League experience.

Alternatively, Everton’s Phil Jagielka could potentially fit the criteria, while from abroad, Napoli’s Paolo Cannavaro could prove an inspired acquisition.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.