Jamie Carragher insists Arsenal must learn from the ‘mistakes’ made by Tottenham if they want to win the Premier League title.
Mikel Arteta’s men are currently top of the table but a serious injury to star striker Gabriel Jesus threatens to derail their stunning campaign.
The upcoming January transfer window gives the Gunners an opportunity to sign reinforcements – and Carragher insists the club must act to avoid any regrets.
The former Liverpool defender points towards unsuccessful title bids from Spurs in 2012 and 2016, which he believes were hindered by lack of activity in the winter market.
Writing in his column for the Telegraph, Carragher said: “Arsenal should learn from the mistakes their north London rivals made when they were in a similar position under Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Redknapp.
“Both their Tottenham sides had great chances to win the league at this point of the season.
“In January 2012 and 2016, Spurs were genuine contenders, one quality signing away from continuing their momentum.
“Redknapp’s side fell away to finish fourth well behind Manchester City, but Pochettino would have pipped Leicester City to the Premier League with more boardroom backing.
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“Daniel Levy favoured the long-term over the here and now and Spurs consoled themselves with the idea that, even though they lost out to Claudio Ranieri, other title bids would follow.
“The reality is – as a club – they blew their best chance in decades of being champions.
“Although their long-term planning has taken them this far, Arsenal will not want to look back with similar feelings of ‘if only’ in six months’ time.”
Carragher insists the loss of Jesus cannot be understated, despite the striker’s barren spell in front of goal before the setback.
The Reds legend added: “Forget that his goals had dried up since his prolific start. The truest measure of a player’s impact is how transformative it is for the club, not just how impressive the individual statistics.
“From the moment Jesus made his debut at Crystal Palace, he was scoring and creating goals and the belief within Arsenal grew on and off the pitch, the supporters suddenly seeing a side they genuinely thought able to compete for the biggest prizes.
“Jesus knitted Arteta’s tactical elements together, providing energy with his goal threat and enabling his midfield to thrillingly connect with his front line in a way that was impossible with the more static, and generally less consistent No9s he previously worked with.
“Arteta also told me how much of a leader Jesus is in the dressing room.”
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