Charlie Nicholas: Why Arsenal should sign Michael Carrick
Charlie Nicholas says Man United midfielder Michael Carrick would be perfect signing for Arsenal in January
Michael Carrick would be the perfect January transfer window signing for Arsenal, according to Charlie Nicholas.
The Gunners have been urged to sign a defensive midfielder next month amid the continued absence of midfield quartet Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.
I am not saying he would play every week because (Francis) Coquelin will be back when he is fit, but Carrick could teach as well as play
According to Sky Sports, Arsene Wenger is close to landing 23-year-old Egypt international Mohamed Elneny in a January deal from Swiss side Basel.
However, former Arsenal playmaker Nicholas believes Wenger needs a midfielder with experience to help get the north London side over the line in the title race, such as 33-year-old Carrick.
“The one key position is a holding midfield player,” he told Soccer Saturday. “I don’t know why he (Arsene Wenger) wouldn’t go for anyone with Premier League experience.
“I would be amazed if (Mikel) Arteta isn’t finished as a player, (Mathieu) Flamini will probably go and (Tomas) Rosicky is probably done. That’s three players with great experience between them.
“It makes sense for me to go for someone between the age of 30-32. I think there are a few about and if I was Arsenal I would go for Carrick. He’s not got the legs and pace but I think you need somebody with experience who has authority and gets the ball and passes it.
“I am not saying he would play every week because (Francis) Coquelin will be back when he is fit, but Carrick could teach as well as play. Someone has to teach these players how to play positions. I would bring him in for a few seasons and also go out and buy.”
The England international has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Louis van Gaal’s side this season following the summer arrivals of midfield duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Carrick has started just 11 of United’s 18 Premier League games so far this season, whilst the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has made four appearances from the bench.