Comment Advertisement Kevin Campbell explains why Arsenal need Thomas Partey more than Houssem Aouar Partey has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Kevin Campbell says Thomas Partey would help solve Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies, unlike Houssem Aouar, but the Gunners hero still wants his former side to sign both midfielders.Mikel Arteta is in the hunt for a central midfielder, with his limited options once again showcased in Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, when Granit Xhaka lined up alongside Mohamed Elneny.Partey is a long-term target for the Gunners, and former boss Unai Emery wanted to sign the Ghana international last summer, but the club instead opted to bring in £72million winger Nicolas Pepe. Advertisement Arsenal struggled to creative chances against Liverpool with Xhaka and Elneny (Picture: Getty Images)‘If we secure that midfield defensively and the screen in front of the back four I think we win a lot more games than we lose. ‘But if you add Houssem Aouar, who’s a very good technically gifted player, we still have a problem in the middle of the pitch defensively. ‘For years we’ve been calling out for a Vieira or Gilberto-type guy in there who can do box to box and break things up. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If we don’t rectify that issue, it’s still going to remain, we might be a little bit better going forward but we still haven’t rectified that problem at the back and in midfield. ‘I want both but if I had to pick one, it’s Thomas Partey.’MORE: Why Mikel Arteta has held back new Arsenal signings Gabriel and William SalibaMORE: Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-NilesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 5:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal also want Aouar (Picture: Getty Images)Atletico Madrid have remained firm in their stance that Partey will not be sold for less than his £45m release clause, despite reports claiming the 27-year-old is keen on a move to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAouar is another midfielder the Gunners want, and they have already had two bids knocked back from Lyon for the playmaker, who is said to be valued at around £46m. Arsenal’s latest bid is believed to have been in the region of £32m, which the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas labelled as ‘timid’.Campbell says Partey is the combative, box-to-box midfielder that could finally fill the void left by Invincible Patrick Vieira, and he would prioritise a move for the Atletico star ahead of Aouar, if he had to choose between them.‘Partey all day long,’ Campbell told the Chronicles of a Gooner podcast.