Thierry Henry has tipped Arsenal to make a splash in the January transfer window and sign a central midfielder to boost their injury-hit squad.
The Gunners have been tormented by injuries in recent weeks, with Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin joining long-term absentees Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck on the sidelines.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey have all returned from lay-offs to boost Arsene Wenger’s side, with results picking up after a wobble in November.
But Henry believes another midfielder is needed.
“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,” he wrote in his column in the Sun.
“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 Cazorla, Coquelin, Wilshere and Welbeck.”
Henry feels that investment would put Arsenal in pole position to win the Premier League – although he admits that the title race remains wide open at this stage.
“The Gunners know they might never get a better chance to win the title than this season,” he added. “The problem is six or seven other teams share that belief.”