Thierry Henry: What position Arsenal must strengthen in January

Thierry Henry explains why Arsenal need to sign cover for Mathieu Flamini in the January transfer window

Thierry Henry has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign a holding midfielder in the January transfer window.

The Gunners boss is currently short on defensive-midfield options following injuries to France Under-21 international Francis Coquelin, former Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla and Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta.

Wenger is also without long-term absentee Jack Wilshere after the midfielder’s fresh injury setback, while Aaron Ramsey returned to the Arsenal side in late November before the Wales international scored against Norwich and Aston Villa.

Former Arsenal striker Henry believes his old manager Wenger needs to sign a holding midfielder in case France international Mathieu Flamini should pick up an injury in the second half of the Premier League season.

“It’s a hard one, because for me right now I think Arsenal’s squad is good enough to win the league. What we need is some backup to make sure we have a guy that can hold the fort if Flamini gets injured,” Henry is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“The position would be holding midfielder for me, and with Arsenal they are at the top and the amount of injuries they’ve had is not normal. But when those guys come back they can be your new signings.

“But we keep saying that! I will have answered that properly if the whole team was there, but the boss never has everyone available.”

Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table and two points behind surprise leaders Leicester City after a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

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The Gunners host title rivals Manchester City in their next Premier League fixture at The Emirates on Monday night.

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