Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to dip into his transfer budget in January and buy two defenders.
The Gunners have been left very thin at the back following the departures of Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen permanently, and Carl Jenkinson on loan, as well as several injuries to first-team defenders.
Wenger failed to replace Vermaelen in central defence, despite being linked with several players during the summer transfer window; and Carragher feels that the Gunners are in desperate need of signing some defenders and possibly a central midfielder too.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
Whether they are conceding goals or racking up clean sheets, Arsenal need another defender – probably two.
Numbers-wise they are very low in that department, with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and the currently-injured Mathieu Debuchy the only established players.
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You can’t really expect to get through a whole season with that few players and with Thomas Vermaelen going in the summer, I think they need another centre-back to come in, preferably one with pace.
I also think they could do with a bit more speed in central midfield but strengthening at the back is key for them at the moment.
The Gunners bought Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers in the summer, but they didn’t buy enough to replace the likes of Vermaelen and Sagna and also cope with injuries; and are now being forced to play Nacho Monreal at centre-half as a result. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that not buying was a mistake.
It’s never too late as we are still clinging on to the top-4, so it’s a must for Wenger to jump into the January transfer market and make some defensive signings to save the season.
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