Arsenal are in desperate need of an out-and-out defensive midfielder and are crying out for someone like Declan Rice.
That is the verdict from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who believes Chelsea are not in such a position.
The West Ham midfielder has been linked with a big move away since the beginning of last season.
Manchester United have been interested in the past and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan.
But it is Chelsea who are the frontrunners for his signature, the club he left as a boy to join West Ham's academy.
However, Arsenal have been without a proper defensive midfielder arguably since Gilberto Silva.
And Merson reckons Rice could be the missing piece to the jigsaw for Mikel Arteta.
He believes that the arrival of the England international will help boost the rest of the side, that has looked short in the back this season.
"Chelsea have been linked with him, but I don't know why Arsenal aren't looking at Declan Rice," he told Sky Sports.
"Arsenal are crying out for a holding midfield player.
"They don't need a midfielder who's going to be on the edge of the opposition box, they need a disciplined defensive midfielder, who is going to sit in front of the back four and organise the side.
“One who, when he gets the ball, gives it simple with 10-yard passes.
"It's such a hard job and that's why I can't believe Arsenal aren't going in for a player like Rice.
"A player like Rice can allow the attacking players to flourish and it gives the central defenders the chance to be better than what they are."
The coronavirus crisis has decimated the footballing calendar and there is nothing concrete over what will happen next in the Premier League.
However, when the transfer window does open Arteta already has plans over who he wants in.
A centre-back is expected to be top of the priorities, though the arrival of William Saliba will help alleviate some of the burden at least.
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