‘Arsene Wenger must strengthen in January to help Arsenal challenge’

Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still needs to strengthen in January to make the Gunners real contenders

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Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996 Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Carragher believes Arsene Wenger still needs to strengthen in the January transfer window to help Arsenal “really challenge” for silverware.

The Gunners have been the Premier League’s standout performers since a 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the season.

Wenger snapped up Mesut Özil in a £42.5m deal which gave the Gunners a much-needed lift, while Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are both in a rich vein of form.

But former Liverpool defender Carragher feels the north London side still need striker back-up and a world-class goalkeeper to complete their line-up.

“Certain areas of the squad must be addressed,” Carragher said in his Daily Mail column.

“They will be in trouble if Olivier Giroud picks up an injury, while surely they should bid for either Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas or Victor Valdes of Barcelona in January to secure the quality goalkeeper they need.

He continued: “I would expect them to finish in the top four again but I would like to see Wenger go for it in January and bring in more quality, so they can really challenge.”

Carragher added Özil’s arrival has helped dramatically improve Arsenal but warned the Gunners now face a tricky run of fixtures.

“The arrival of Mesut Özil, however, coupled with progress in the Champions League, has been revitalising.

“Özil was the only top-class player who arrived here during the last window and he has helped make Arsenal the most impressive team in the opening weeks, though things are going to become trickier now, given they have assignments against Swansea and Napoli to negotiate.”

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