ARSENAL legend Ray Parlour insists Mikel Arteta should complete three important transfers, even though they might cost a staggering £150million.
The Gunners’ Premier League title hunt has faltered after losing three of their last five matches, which led to them plunging to fourth place in the table.
Parlour insists his beloved club needs reinforcement and advised Arteta as well as sporting director Edu to move for a midfielder, striker and left-back to rekindle the team’s championship bid.
The former midfielder insists addition in the middle of the park is essential amid Thomas Partey’s injury hell and speculation suggesting he could leave during the January transfer window.
The ex-England international also advised the North Londoners to consider Everton star Amadou Onana as a potential replacement following a series of impressive performances at Goodison Park.
Parlour added that a striker is in order as there is a serious lack of firepower up front with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard best suited in the wings.
The Romford Pele believes that is a far cry from his playing days when he looked at the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord and Nwankwo Kanu leading the line.
And the 50-year-old added that another left-back would boost Arteta’s backline following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s injury and some unconvincing displays by Takehiro Tomiyasu as well as Jakub Kiwior.
However, the Arsenal hero hinted these sort of additions could be impossible in the winter market as they would cost at least £150m based on the stars that are being touted.
Parlour told SunSport on behalf of NetBet Online Casino when asked which areas need reinforcement: “Well, I certainly believe the midfield area definitely if Thomas Partey does leave because he’s an important player when he plays.
“He’s a dynamic player in that midfield, he’s very good at sitting back and getting back into the back-four and probably Declan Rice can push forward a little bit more.
“Onana’s been mentioned from Everton who’s having a good season, I like him he is quite a good player in that midfield area.
“The striker is the most important place probably because goals win you games. I always go back to my team. We had four great strikers in our team.
“I mean sometimes five with Kanu, Wiltord, Henry, Bergkamp and Francis Jeffers one year who could bang you a goal when he played.
“So I do believe that they’ve only got two really at the moment, Martinelli can play up there or Trossard as a false No9 but they’re not out-and-out strikers. So that is certainly the areas for me.
“Left-back, Tomiyasu I know he struggled a bit at times, I know he’s a right-footed player. At this point in time Zinchenko is injured but he will hopefully be back very soon.
“So I would always look at central midfield and the spine on this team is so important.
“So I think central midfield is a vital place to strengthen at this present time and obviously a striker, but the players we’re looking at they’re gonna cost you at least £150m to fully fill those gaps.”