Ian Wright urges Arsenal to sign Liverpool hero after Mikel Arteta admission

Ian Wright has urged Arsenal to sign former Liverpool midfielder and Paris Saint-Germain star Georginio Wijnaldum as Mikel Arteta targets a new midfielder.

On Friday, Gunners boss Arteta admitted he is ‘very short’ of midfield options with Thomas Partey at the Africa Cup of Nations and Ainsley Maitland-Niles set to join Roma on loan.

‘We are very, very short at the moment,’ Arteta conceded. ‘So obviously we are going to move, and we are going to look for options, because we are very short.’

One midfielder that has been linked with a move to the Emirates is Wijnaldum and Arsenal legend Wright says the Netherlands international would be an ‘amazing’ signing for his former club.

Wijnaldum made over 200 appearances for Liverpool, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side win the Champions League and Premier League in back-to-back seasons, before joining French giants PSG last summer.

Wright said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show: ‘I saw Wijnaldum’s name [linked with Arsenal]. That would be amazing. A loan signing from PSG.

‘Someone like that in the midfield. Of that experience. He is a Premier League winner. Just to help with the youngsters and a Sambi Lokonga just to keep it going.

‘Then, they can add to the squad and, all of a sudden, Arsenal can start challenging and challenging seriously.’

After a shocking start to the season, Arsenal have climbed to fourth in the Premier League and were unlucky not to get at least a point from defending champions Manchester City last weekend.

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As well as securing a top-four finish, Arsenal will also hope to enjoy a productive cup run this season and face Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

‘Of course, we want it and we have an incredible history related to this competition, but we have to go game-by-game,’ Arteta said at his pre-match press conference.

‘Every game in this competition is extremely difficult, we’re going to go to Forest, we know the atmosphere that we’re going to face, the team that we’re going to play and you have to go step-by-step if you want to get any further.’

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