Date: 17th December 2018 at 6:30pm
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believes need ‘massive, massive surgery’ at the back following Unai Emery’s side 3-2 loss to Southampton yesterday afternoon.

Despite a brace from as they fought back twice from going behind against the Saints, the tasted their first defeat since August 18th thanks to a late headed goal from Charlie Austin which ended their 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Emery is short of options in defence following injuries to and Shkodran Mustafi, and the Spaniard had to rely on a makeshift defence yesterday.

Defensive frailties were once again highlighted, and Parlour says it remains the club’s biggest problem – adding Emery will need at least two transfer windows to rectify the issue:

Speaking on Alan Brazil’s Sport Breakfast on talkSPORT, the former Gunner said:

“They’ve got to sort that defence out, Arsenal. I think, you know, Emery’s 22 games unbeaten, it was a great run, it was always going to come to an end.

“I think will look at their defence and say well we do need massive, massive surgery in that defence. I always say you’ve got to give him a couple of transfer windows, Emery, I think he’s done so well as a manager, I think the progress from Arsenal has been excellent, but they’ve still got to buy a few more, better quality players at the back.”

While new defensive recruits are needed in January, Emery has doubts over signing such players next month, claiming there is not a lot of possibilities out there for the to explore – despite being linked with several in recent weeks.