Arsenal transfers: Ray Parlour urges Arsene Wenger to spend in January
Ray Parlour tips Arsene Wenger to strengthen Arsenal's midfield in January
Ray Parlour believes Arsene Wenger will sign a midfielder in the January transfer window if a target is available to ease Arsenal’s injury crisis.
The Gunners lost midfielders Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta to injury during their 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
If there are some available, especially in that midfield area, I’m sure Arsene will go in the market
Wenger is also without England internationals Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, whilst Tomas Rosicky is also sidelined.
The north London side have been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender and Sporting Lisbon’s Portugal international William Carvalho in recent weeks.
Former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes Wenger will dip into the transfer market in January if the Gunners manager can identify a suitable midfield target.
“They’re really short now,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“The injury list is unbelievable; I think they’ll have to build an extension on the medical room!
“As soon as Coquelin went down you could tell it was a bad injury. I think he’ll be out for around eight weeks, and that is really bad news for Arsenal, because who else can come in now?
“Arteta came on and had a nightmare. He gave away the free-kick and then lost his man for West Brom’s first goal, then he scored an own goal and then he was obviously taken off after getting injured.
“Flamini will probably be the one who steps in but I really think Arsene Wenger has to look at the transfer window.
“It’s not an easy time to buy players; you don’t know who is really available and all the best players will be tied down to their clubs.
“But if there are some available, especially in that midfield area, I’m sure Arsene will go in the market.”
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table following their surprise 2-1 loss to West Brom.
However, the Gunners are only two points behind leaders Leicester City ahead of next weekend’s trip to Norwich City.