Ian Wright tells Arsene Wenger to make this signing for Arsenal in January
Ian Wright wants to see Arsene Wenger sign a midfielder for Arsenal in January following Francis Coquelin's injury setback
Ian Wright has labelled the forthcoming January transfer window as the most important period for Arsenal in “years”.
The north London side have been rocked by the news that they will be without key midfielder Francis Coquelin for at least two months after he suffered a knee injury during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The most important thing is filling that gap left by Coquelin
Arsene Wenger said on Monday that he will have no qualms about turning to Mathieu Flamini or Calumn Chambers as candidates to fill in for the injured Coquelin in the next few weeks.
However, there have already been plenty of calls from Arsenal fans for Wenger to consider dipping into the January transfer market to bring in cover following news of Coquelin’s injury.
And although Arsenal legend Wright wants to see the Gunners bring in reinforcements in January, he feels that the focus should be on quality rather than quantity.
Wright wrote in his column for The Sun: “Of course, something needs to be done in January.
“But what is as important is that when — I sincerely hope it is a ‘when’ and not an ‘if’ — Arsene signs, he gets the right man.
“By that I mean someone who will genuinely bring something to the table, rather than simply fill in around the edges.
“It certainly won’t be easy, because the bulk of the top names are involved in Champions League campaigns and title battles around Europe.
“And signing mid-season has always been a world away from doing so in the summer.
“But — and I don’t intend to put any more pressure on Arsene with this, because he’s under enough already — January is clearly his most important transfer window in years and years.
“If he can bring in the right man — or men — then it could make a world of difference to whether Arsenal can go all the way, because they’re still right in the mix.”
He added: “The most important thing is filling that gap left by Coquelin – and believe me, that really is going to take some filling.”