Robert Pires has urged Arsene Wenger to reignite Arsenal’s Premier League title bid by signing Sami Khedira from Real Madrid in January.
The Gunners legend - who will turn out for Goa FC in the new Indian Super League - believes his former club lack a midfielder in the mould of ‘Invincibles’ captain Patrick Vieira.
Pires sees the same qualities of physicality and aggression in Khedira, who was linked heavily to Arsenal in the summer and has entered the final year of his contract in Madrid.
“He [Wenger] needs a big player in the middle, like Vieira, strong, tall, because this position is very important for the balance between attack and defence,” the Frenchman told the Daily Telegraph.
“The quality is there but you need more, maybe [someone] like Yaya Toure in middle. He reminds me of Patrick Vieira, maybe they have an opportunity with Khedira.
“It is likely in the January window. He played very well with Germany. My advice is if he can buy Khedira he can be the Vieira, more aggression in the middle.
“He has a lot of experience. When you play in the middle you need experience, especially when your midfield is young like Arsenal’s.”
Pires believes Wenger’s team remain title contenders despite Chelsea’s strong start to the season and victory in the first meeting between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.
“They have nine points difference with Chelsea but we can still win the league,” he insisted. “It's very difficult but in football everything is possible.”