Arsenal should sign Gary Cahill in the summer if they have any hope of mounting a challenge for the Barclays Premier League next season, at least that's the opinion of Ray Parlour.
Cahill starred on Sunday as Bolton put paid to Arsenal's title aspirations, in a match will highlighted the defensive failings of the north London club.
Twice Arsenal failed to deal with corners, and twice Bolton were able to take advantage, as headed goals from Daniel Sturridge and Tamir Cohen captured three points for the Trotters.
Arsene Wenger has since claimed his side lack leadership at the back and has admitted he is already planning to draft in reinforcements when the transfer window reopens.
Parlour, who played in three league winning Arsenal sides under Wenger, believes signing Cahill - a player he says is similar to former Gunners captain Tony Adams - could solve the Frenchman's problems.
“This summer is vital. I think he will buy three players and he will let a few go – people on the fringes, maybe the likes of Denilson and [Nicklas] Bendtner," Parlour told talkSPORT.
“I’d buy Cahill straight away and try to mould him into Tony Adams. If Arsenal had a Tony Adams at the back now they’d win the league - no doubt about that.
“They’ve been very close but they need two stoppers, players who aren’t going to concede goals. We all know they’re great going forward and will score goals.
“I’m the biggest Wenger fan so I don’t agree with people saying getting rid of him. But now he needs a couple of big signings in the summer. If he makes those key signings Arsenal will be in with a chance again next season.”
Liverpool and Tottenham are also said to be chasing 25-year-old Cahill, who is valued at around £20 million.