Paul Merson tells Arsenal to launch transfer move for former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake

Paul Merson believes Arsenal should sign Nathan Ake (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson believes Arsenal should attempt to sign former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth this summer.

Netherlands international Ake, 24, has emerged as one of Bournemouth’s most important players since signing from Chelsea four years ago.

He initially impressed on loan in Eddie Howe’s side before signing on a permanent basis for a club record £20million.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for their former player and Merson reckons Ake would be a welcome addition at his former club Arsenal.

Asked which areas Mikel Arteta should be looking to strengthen ahead of the summer transfer window, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘They need a centre half and a world-class holding midfielder.

‘I think Arsenal need to play with a back three. They’re not good enough as defenders to play as a four.

‘Ake has pace and he’s played in England for a while, so if you brought him in for next season he’s not a player who will need time to get used to the league for six months.

Former Chelsea defender Ake joined Bournemouth four years ago (Picture: Getty)

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