Ray Parlour believes Arsenal can still challenge for the title in the wake of their defeat at Old Trafford if Arsene Wenger invests during the winter transfer window, reports Sky Sports.
Despite a lacklustre first half performance, Parlour believes the North London outfit showed enough in the second half to remain title contenders and that nerves may have played their part in Arsenal's first half display.
"Maybe they were a little nervous in that first half but in the second half they tried to pass the ball better like they are used to doing. They just didn't get that chance to equalise," Parlour said.
"But you've got to look at it in a realistic way and say that they've had a really good start to the season."
"There is so much belief in the team this season. You can see by the way the players are playing, they believe they can win every game."
The former England international, self-dubbed the 'Romford Pele', played over 300 goals for the Gunners and scored 22 goals - including a stunning 30-yard strike in the 2002 FA Cup final - believes it is the goalscoring department which Wenger needs to strengthen in January to push for the title.
"I think January is going to be very important. I look at the centre forward position and I think bringing Nicklas Bendtner off the bench is not the option they really want. So Arsene Wenger will look at that in January to try and strengthen it."
Defensive frailties seem to be a thing of the past for Arsenal as only North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, and Southampton have conceded fewer goals in the league and Parlour believes that is down to the quality in the heart of the defence.
"Their two centre halves have been amazing this season, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
"You could see that they missed Mertesacker at Old Trafford. He's a very important player now for the club."
Arsenal host Southampton after the international break and Parlour believes a victory against this season's Premier League surprise package will put their title challenge back on track.
"The Southampton game is going to be vital. t's going to be a tough game because I think Southampton are playing really well. That's going to be a massive game for Arsenal to get back on track."
Arsenal fans will be hoping Parlour is right and that their big guns come through the international games unscathed and the side can continue their title challenge.
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