Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged former boss Arsene Wenger to spend wisely in the January transfer market to have any chances of challenging for the title, Daily Star reports.
The Gunners dropped down to fourth place in the Premier Leauge after a poor weekend, in which they were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthornes.
However, the biggest blow for Arsenal and Wenger is the loss of Francis Coquelin, who is expected to be sidelined for at least three months after picking up a knee injury in the first half.
To make matters worse, his substitute Mikel Arteta also had to walk off with his own injury, leaving the Frenchman with only a handful of midfielders to pick for their Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb this Tuesday.
And Wright, who is the club’s second all-time top scorer, has urged Wenger to spend big during the winter to help solve the issue and propel them to become English champions.
“When Francis Coquelin went down at The Hawthorns on Saturday, you could hear the groans from Gunners fans around the world,” he wrote for The Sun.
“That’s how important the Frenchman has been to Arsenal… and that’s how massive the blow is to their chances of lifting the Premier League.
“So, of course, something needs to be done in January.
“But what is as important is that when, I sincerely hope it is a ‘when’ and not an ‘if’, Arsene signs he gets the right man.
“By that I mean someone who will genuinely bring something to the table, rather than simply fill in around the edges.
“I don’t intend to put any more pressure on Arsene with this, because he’s under enough already January is clearly his most important transfer window in years and years.
“If he can bring in the right man or men then it could make a world of difference to whether Arsenal can go all the way, because they’re still right in the mix.”
After the game in Croatia, the Gunners will travel to Carrow Road to play Norwich on Sunday.