Jamie Carragher’s advice to Arsenal on January signings

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Arsenal are in dire need of more defenders, claims Jamie Carragher.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says that Arsenal need to bring in preferably two more defenders during the January transfer window.

Despite the signings of Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and the progress of Hector Bellerin, the Gunners have often lacked options at the back as a result of a number of injuries.

New signing Debuchy was ruled out for up to three months and he was soon joined in the treatment room by the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscienly at some point over the past couple of months.

Arsene Wenger’s men haven’t been too bad defensively with what they have available, conceding 11 goals and keeping three clean sheets in ten Premier League fixtures to date.

However, their recent 3-3 draw at home to Anderlecht set the alarm bells ringing as the North London outfit threw away a 3-0 lead as a result of some sloppy play by a largely unsettled back four.

The general consensus suggests that that a new addition in January is a must if they wish to consolidate a place in the top four, though Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes they may need more than just the one.

“Whether they are conceding goals or racking up clean sheets, Arsenal need another defender – probably two,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“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.

“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.”

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