Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal should sign Michael Carrick in the January transfer window.
Arsenal are in the hunt for the Premier League title having beaten Bournemouth 2-0 last time out but they have struggled with injuries this term.
Nicholas insisted Carrick would be a good January signing for the Gunners as he would add experience to the squad.
“The one key position is a holding midfield player. I don’t know why he [Arsene Wenger] wouldn’t go for anyone with Premier League experience,” Nicholas said.
“I would be amazed if [Mikel] Arteta isn’t finished as a player, [Mathieu] Flamini will probably go and [Tomas] Rosicky is probably done. That’s three players with great experience between them.
“It makes sense for me to go for someone between the age of 30-32. I think there are a few about and if I was Arsenal I would go for Carrick. He’s not got the legs and pace but I think you need somebody with experience who has authority and gets the ball and passes it.
“I am not saying he would play every week because [Francis] Coquelin will be back when he is fit, but Carrick could teach as well as play. Someone has to teach these players how to play positions. I would bring him in for a few seasons and also go out and buy.”
Carrick is now 34 years old having joined United in 2006. He was made vice-captain by Louis van Gaal in the summer and it is unlikely that he will leave Old Trafford at this stage of his career.
The club would also be reluctant to let go of him as the team finally has options in the middle of the park following a number of years of midfield obscurity. Van Gaal – if he remains in charge of United – will be more focused on incomings than outgoings in January as his side are in desperate need of quality in the final third.