Carragher says Coquelin has not done enough for Arsenal to call off spending

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Francis Coquelin's outstanding displays should not see Arsenal call off buying a defensive midfielder.

The terrific performances of Francis Coquelin should not stop Arsenal buying a defensive midfielder, Jamie Carragher told SkySports Monday Night Football.

The Frenchman has been superb since being recalled from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic, showing Arsenal a potential solution to their defensive midfield search has been under their noses all along.

Arsene Wenger may not be able to believe his luck at the impact Coquelin has had, but the timing of his resurgence creates a real talking point.

The transfer window is open, and Arsenal need to decide whether he is enough to see them through in defensive midfield, especially with Mikel Arteta out injured, and the Champions League this campaign and qualification for it next season to fight for.

Carragher said he believes Arsenal must still spend: "Yes, they need one. Coquelin was outstanding at City but is he the answer long term? May be lets have a see between now and end of season. I don't think he's done enough at this moment to say arsenal don't need to strengthen in this area."

Gary Neville was in agreement and went on to raise the point that in certain games Arsenal will need two holding midfielders in certain away games.

The points are fair, with both Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta into their 30s, Coquelin's emergence is a bonus, but if Arsenal want to kick on, a proven player like Morgan Schneiderlin or Lars Bender would give a huge boost to the side.

Coquelin has been excellent, but he has proven his quality over the space of the last month, as opposed to the Southampton star doing it in the Premier League over the past three seasons.

Arsenal are to strengthen by adding Polish teenager Krystian Bielik, Arsene Wenger confirmed last week reported The Mirror among other papers, but expecting the 17-year-old to form a winning partnership alongside Coquelin so soon may be asking too much of the pair.

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