George Graham urges Arsene Wenger to make big changes

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Arsenal need to sign a whole new spine for the team in the January transfer window if they want to challenge for the Premier League title, according to former Gunners player and manager George Graham.

Arsene Wenger’s men are currently fifth in the Premier League and are 13 points off Chelsea who are two points clear at the top of the table.

The Gunners have been linked with January swoops for Petr Cech, Virgil van Dijk and Morgan Schneiderlin - and George Graham would certainly be a happy man if they all arrived at the Emirates by the end of the month.

New spine

Speaking on talkSPORT radio he said: “All Arsenal fans would like to see new players right down the middle. They need a new goalkeeper, a centre-half and a defensive midfielder.”

“With all the talent they’ve got in midfield, they’re up there with the top teams in the league, playing attractive football when they’re in possession.

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“When they don’t have the ball, though, there are too many players who don’t want to win it back early enough.”

Graham is well-placed to make suggestions to Wenger as he scored 60 goals in 227 league appearances for the club between 1966 and 1972 before going on to manage them for nine years in the 80s and 90s.

But he courted controversy on more than one occasion after he was sacked from his position at Highbury following reports that he had accepted illegal payments from an agent when he bought John Jensen and Pal Lydersen in 1992 - and he later went on to manage arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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