Six-time Premier League champion Rio Ferdinand believes that Arsenal still need to add midfield steel and aggression to their team in order to boost their chances in the title race having never managed to replace Patrick Vieira.

Speaking to ​BT Sport after the Gunners dropped two points from a winning position at Anfield on Wednesday night, Ferdinand commented, "I think they need a dominant real force in midfield, I think a Pogba-type, that sort of stature. A Toure-type."

The retired defender added, "Someone physical when the going gets tough, who is not only physically good but can play positionally as well."

Ferdinand was largely speaking in general terms, but there was one potentially available individual that he briefly honed in on, suggesting, "You look at someone even like [Victor] Wanyama who is a big strong lad."

Paul Pogba is likely to command a fee of £80m or more when Juventus finally agree to sell him, putting him out of Arsenal's price bracket, but Wanyama is certainly an interesting one to consider.

The Kenyan powerhouse has expressed flattery when he's been linked with the Gunners in the past and his future at Southampton has become somewhat hazy in recent weeks.

Arsenal lost out to Manchester United when the Saints agreed to sell Morgan Schneiderlin, allegedly because of Arsene Wenger's indecisiveness, while Polish target Grzegorz Krychowiak has recently declared he's not planning to leave Sevilla this month.

"I think they'll add real steel to the team because they've got all the finesse, they've got all the creativity and they've got the legs," Ferdinand went on to say.

"But I just think that sometimes when they go away from home they need a big, big strong player in there, the Vieira, the [Emmanuel] Petit. Since then they haven't replaced them with someone with similar characteristics."

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Patrick Vieira of Arsenal celebrates scoring the winning goal