Iconic Italian manager Fabio Capello believes Arsenal’s lack of a “star” could be their undoing in the Premier League title race, even though he loves what Mikel Arteta is doing at the club.

The Italian manager has been speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport today regarding the best midfields and midfielders in Europe at this moment in time, and how various team’s title chances are dependent upon them.

That’s seen him discussing the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as Arsenal, who currently lead the Premier League.

All of those sides spent big on their midfield department this summer, no more so than the Gunners, who moved quickly to wrap Declan Rice in a €116m deal from West Ham and Kai Havertz in a €75m deal from Chelsea.

They were both added to a midfield already stocked with talent and have already made an impact, particularly Rice, who has established himself further as one of the best midfielders in the league and even perhaps Europe.

It’s a transfer that has revolutionised the Arsenal midfield, helping them to again establish themselves as title contenders.

Capello has been watching on with interest and is a big fan of the player and indeed what Arsenal are doing but believes there may be one key element missing to ensure they finish the campaign as Champions.

“I must say that the purchase of Rice was fundamental,” he said.

“They undoubtedly paid a lot, but he gave the balance that Arteta needed.

“Arenal play together, there is no soloist: in the middle of the pitch the difference is made by the group, never knowing how to move together with and without the ball.

“They play nice football, fast and at a high pace but that “star” that can change history is missing.”