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BBC pundit Garth Crooks is surprised Arsenal didn’t sign Mario Lemina in the summer.
The French midfielder joined Southampton from Juventus in the summer and appears to have adapted to the Premier League’s style of play.
He put up an impressive display for Southampton against Palace last weekend and Crooks was full of praises for the midfielder. However, the pundit didn’t just stop at praising the midfielder, he went further to criticize Arsenal for not signing him ahead of the Saints.
“My goodness, this lad looks a powerhouse,” Crooks said of Lemina’s performance in Southampton’s 1-0 win over Palace, as quoted by the Daily Cannon.
“I suppose when you’ve played for one of the biggest clubs in the world in Juventus, you should have all the tools to survive in any league.
However, what I witnessed in Southampton’s Mario Lemina was a player who seemed to stifle Crystal Palace’s every move.
“The former Juve man was composed on the ball and timely in the tackle – and for a holding midfielder, he was very capable of hurting the opposition. Lemina is a top-four player in my opinion and fair play to Southampton for making the purchase. Why he is not playing for Liverpool or Arsenal is a mystery to me.”
Lemina was heavily linked with Arsenal before he moved to the Saint Mary’s. A move to the Emirates never happened, because Wenger wasn’t so keen on strengthening the midfield, despite calls from fans for the boss to do so.
Wenger’s decision may have been vindicated by Ramsey and Xhaka’s performances against Chelsea on Sunday.