Thierry Henry: This is what I expect Arsenal to do in the January transfer window

Thierry Henry is convinced that Arsene Wenger is getting ready to splash the cash for Arsenal next month

Thierry Henry is fully expecting Arsene Wenger to sign a holding midfielder during the January transfer window to fill in for the injured Francis Coquelin.

Arsenal have been relying on Mathieu Flamini in that position in recent weeks after Coquelin was ruled out for at least three months with a knee injury suffered during the 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion last month.

Much was made of Wenger’s decision not to sign a single outfield player during the summer transfer window, instead only bringing in goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.

However, Arsenal legend Henry is convinced that Wenger will splash the cash on a new midfielder next month as the Frenchman looks to guide the Gunners to their first Premier League title since their unbeaten triumph back in 2003-04.

Henry wrote in his column for The Sun: “It’s a good job Mathieu Flamini didn’t leave last summer, as looked likely. They would have a real problem in central midfield now without him.

“I would expect Arsene Wenger to buy a specialist in that position in January. Their injured stars will all come back into contention eventually.

“But Arsenal can’t rely on them — they have to plan for the rest of the season without Santi Cazorla, Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.”

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Second-placed Arsenal host Manchester City at Emirates Stadium in Monday night’s crunch Premier League clash.

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