Ray Parlour urges Arsenal to sign Petr Cech and Morgan Schneiderlin

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour says boss Arsene Wenger must sign both Petr Cech and Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer transfer window in order to compete at the top of the table.

The Gunners are currently in third place in the Premier League, level on points with Manchester City in second with a game in hand but a massive 13 points behind recently-crowned champions Chelsea.

Wenger's side haven't finished as runners-up in the last ten years, while their last title win came back in 2004 - and Parlour believes they have to add a goalkeeper and a midfielder before they can get back to the top.

Arsenal can currently call upon David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny in goal but neither has been able to hold down the number one spot, while Parlour also believes that their lack of steel in the middle of the pitch is hurting them despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin.

The former Arsenal midfielder also claimed that Wenger has problems at the heart of his defence which must be addressed too.

He told Sky Sports: "Who is going to go where will be the key next year. Arsenal need to keep their nucleus of players and also bring in some more quality in certain areas to really challenge Chelsea.

"The goalkeeping situation needs to be looked at - Wojciech Szczesny will move on and David Ospina has had his opportunity but you still need a real world-class goalkeeper.

"Obviously Petr Cech may be available in the summer and he's the sort of goalkeeper you have to be looking at. He's got that experience and that quality and is still a great age because keepers go on for a lot longer than outfield players.

"The centre-half position must be looked at as well; an old Tony Adams, if they could find someone like him, or a John Terry. And a central midfielder to strengthen right down the spine - someone like Morgan Schneiderlin... that's the sort of player I would be looking at if I was Arsene Wenger."

Arsenal eye Joel Campbell swap deal 

Arsenal are aiming to use youngster Joel Campbell as a makeweight in a deal for long-term target William Carvalho this summer, according to reports in Portugal.

Portuguese daily O Jogo leads with a story focusing on the idea that Sporting Lisbon are keen on Campbell, who impressed at last summer’s World Cup, and as a result the Gunners are trying to work the interest into their transfer plans.

Arsenal deal for Romero in the balance

Arsenal have a deal in place to sign Velez Sarsfield striker Maxi Romero, but the transfer could now be in jeopardy after the 16-year-old reportedly suffered ligament damage in a reserve match on Tuesday night.

This is according to the Mirror’s Ed Malyon, who admitted in a tweet that it’s now unclear whether this latest incident will affect the deal.

He wrote: "Maxi Romero, 16, has just done his ligaments in a Velez reserves game. Arsenal deal agreed as far as I'm aware. Dunno what happens now."

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