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Carra: Saliba 'myth' and why defence cost Arsenal title

Jamie Carragher feels Arsenal still lack a centre-back of the calibre of Rio Ferdinand, Virgil van Dijk or Vincent Kompany and says it's a "myth" that William Saliba's injury cost them the title.

Arsenal's challenge was effectively ended with their 3-0 defeat to Brighton on Super Sunday, with Manchester City now four points clear at the top of the table having played a game less.

The Gunners' form has nosedived since Saliba suffered a season-ending back injury in March, with Mikel Arteta's side only taking nine points from their last seven Premier League games in his absence.

But Carragher believes their defensive issues were apparent even with Saliba in the team following the World Cup, and that they still lack a truly dominant figure in the heart of their defence.

"Defensively, that's been the massive drop-off," Carragher said on Monday Night Football when asked why they have fallen short.

"When you think of title winners, you go through players in my position: Vincent Kompany, Virgil van Dijk, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jaap Stam, John Terry.

"When I look at Arsenal's centre-backs, I don't think they've quite got one of those yet - even though Saliba may become that

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