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Robert Pires names the one signing Arsenal need to make in January


Robert Pires wants Arsenal to continue to spend (Picture: Getty)

Robert Pires has named the one position he’d like Arsenal to strengthen in the January transfer window.

Arsenal brought six new players to the club in the summer, with Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga all arriving at the Emirates. 

The Gunners were the top flight’s biggest spenders in the summer, having spent around £150m on new talent – over £20m more than what Manchester United paid to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

And former Arsenal midfielder Pires wants the north London club to continue spending in January, with an English defender at the top of his wishlist.

It is difficult but in January if Arsenal can spend money maybe on a defender because I think our midfield and strikers are very good players,’ he said. 

‘In my opinion sign English players because we need English players in this squad because when you play in the Premier League, you need a player like this.

Ben White was one of six new arrivals in the summer (Picture: Getty)

‘For example, in my time I played with Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Martin Keown, Ashely Cole and this is the base for your team. They need to spend the money on a defender in my opinion, English.’

After losing the opening three Premier League games of the season, the Gunners then went on a 10-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, a run which included impressive wins over Leicester City and Tottenham.

Despite the 4-0 loss away to Liverpool on Saturday, the north London club still find themselves in fifth place in the league table and just three points behind West Ham in fourth. 

And Pires believes that Arsenal can still finish in the top four this season.

‘I hope, I wish, because this is my club. I know for Mikel Arteta it’s not easy but they need to, with Edu, rebuild the team,’ he added.

‘I know they spent a lot of money during the transfer window, so I believe always in this club.

‘They need to fight. That is the most important thing until the end, but the players need to fight and keep the spirit until the end with Arteta.’


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