Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes the imminent January transfer window could prove to be the most important in the tenure of Arsene Wenger, and has urged the Gunners manager to sell the likes of Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh.
Wenger is coming under increasing pressure from fans and ex-players following Tuesday night's shambolic defeat to League Two side Bradford City in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup.
Arsenal chief-executive Ivan Gazidis has confirmed that Wenger will be backed with significant funds during the transfer window, but this January could be characterised more by who leaves the Emirates Stadium rather than who arrives.
Chamakh was one of the most abject of Arsenal performers at Bradford, while Arshavin's future with the Gunners has looked in doubt for some time.
And Parlour believes Wenger should now remove the 'dead wood' from his rotting squad - with Chamakh and Arshavin two prime candidates for the chop come January.
"It's going to be so important this January window," Parlour, whole made over 300 Arsenal appearances, told talkSPORT.
"The performance the other night wasn't good enough. You go to a place like Bradford and you have got to be on your game. Every single player has got to go out there like they are playing Manchester United.
"He needs to get the dead wood out, he needs to get rid of people that don't want to be there. The likes of Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin.
"They have got so many players who are on about £75,000 a week. They need to get them out. Sometimes they bring players down if their attitudes are not right in training.
"Arsene Wenger has to look at his players and really up the quality because he has lost some unbelievable players in the last few years."