Louis Saha sends transfer advice to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta ahead of January window

Arteta's side have been struggling this season
Arteta’s side have been struggling this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Louis Saha says Arsenal should be targeting a central midfielder in the January transfer window and doesn’t think a top-six finish is out of the question for Mikel Arteta’s side.

The Gunners have endured a dismal start to the season having lost eight of their opening 15 Premier League games.

They finally ended a seven-game winless run with a surprise victory over London rivals Chelsea last weekend but still remain down in 15th place in the table.

The Gunners have been without summer signing Partey due to injury
The Gunners have been without summer signing Partey due to injury (Picture: Getty Images)

Central midfield has been an area of contention for the north Londoners, with summer signing Thomas Partey sidelined with a thigh issue and the likes of Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny all performing inconsistently.

With the January transfer window looming, former Manchester United striker Saha advised Arteta to target a tenacious leader to strengthen his side in the middle of the park

Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Fulham, Saha said: ‘In terms of where Arsenal can strengthen, I would stop looking at players solely for their quality and start looking at players for their leadership and attitude.

‘They need players who are aggressive in the right way; that’s the most important thing. Another player in the centre of the pitch with the right mentality would be a good starting point for the January transfer window.’

The Gunners now face a run of games against bottom-half opposition, beginning with a trip to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton on Tuesday.

And Saha believes those may be the ‘most difficult’ type of games to win.

‘On paper Arsenal have a nice run of fixtures now, against Brighton, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Newcastle,’ he added.

‘But this is where the Premier League in itself is such a challenge, because you might think those fixtures might be easy, but they’re far from it. They are the most difficult matches to win.’

Despite their miserable beginning to the campaign, Saha feels that Arteta’s side are still capable of securing a top-six finish if they can put together a series of good results.

‘Of course, a top-half finish is still achievable,’ the Frenchman continued. ‘Even a top-six finish.

‘A good run of four or five wins and all of the sudden they are back in the mix and climbing up the table. Man United were in a similar situation a few weeks back and look at where they are now.’

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