Arsenal legend urges Wenger to buy player similar to Chelsea star

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged his former club to sign a player similar to that of Chelsea star Nemanja Matic.

After being sold to Benfica, the Blues bought Matic back in a £21million deal at the beginning of the year and the Serbian has been integral to their title challenge this season.

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The defensive midfielder sits in front of Chelsea’s back four, allowing creative players like Cesc Fabregas and Oscar to thrive further up the pitch.

And former Gunner Ray Parlour claims that if Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was to buy a player of Matic’s abilities, they could very well be challenging at the top of the table.

“They’ve got to get that balance right,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s alright having all these great players and saying, ‘there are going to be goals today’, but they’ve been conceding too many as well.

“They’ve got to get the right sort of players in and I know he [Arsene Wenger] tries to play either Mathieu Flamini in there or Mikel Arteta, if he’s fit, as a holding midfielder but they’re not like a [Nemanja] Matic for Chelsea who can just shield that back-four. That’s what they’re missing at the moment.

“If they can get the right player, maybe in January – who knows, it’s very hard to buy the top players in January – then maybe it will change Arsenal’s season.”