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Arsenal need a couple more signings to make the fans confident - Ray Parlour

Former England and Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour is expecting Arsene Wenger to sign at least two more players, including a centre-back, in order to give their fans the confidence of a Premier League title push this season.

Parlour, 43, who scored 21 goals in 333 appearances for the Gunners, reckons the current squad at Wenger's disposal is good enough, especially with the addition of Granit Xhaka who will add more bite in central midfield.

Despite the arrival of Xhaka early in the summer, Arsenal's only other two pieces of business have been bringing in youngsters Rob Holding and Takuma Asano, something Parlour expects the club to address in the coming weeks.

"There's always a positive vibe [about Arsenal]. You've got to be confident and believe in yourself as a player," Parlour said.

"But we know how many quality sides there are in the league so it's going to be difficult for Arsenal. But they've got some good young players coming through -- [Alex] Iwobi really impressed me, he scored in the first half [against City], and Theo [Walcott] looked lively. They've got a very good side.

"It's a long hard season, you need the luck along the way. They're still waiting for a couple more signings that would really make the fans feel more confident.

"Certainly Xhaka's a good player, he'll bring more steel to the midfield. They've relied on Francis Coquelin a lot for that. I'm sure there's things going on behind the scenes, you know how long these deals take now. John Stones was expected three or four weeks ago, Paul Pogba was very similar. They take a lot more time now.

"It's very difficult at times, with clubs not wanting to sell, agents' fees, all this sort of stuff. It's a lot more complicated.

"If they can get the right deal, the right player in to make them stronger, obviously they'll have more chance. The bigger squad you have, the bigger chance you have of winning the Premier League or reaching the latter stages of the Champions League."

With Brazilian defender Gabriel set to remain on the sidelines for two months following an ankle injury in the preseason friendly win against City, Wenger's immediate priority is to bring in defensive cover, although another attacking player could inject more variety, according to Parlour.

"It's not too difficult to look at it as a fan: they need another centre-half, particularly with Gabriel going off," he said. "Another centre-forward will be great as well. But I think Arsene Wenger might put [Alexis] Sanchez a little more advanced this season, he's always impressed for Chile like that.

"He could maybe play [Olivier] Giroud and Sanchez up top -- he played really well with [Antoine] Griezmann at the Euros."

The Gunners start their 2016-17 campaign with a home game against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Aug. 14.