Weir behind Wenger
'But Arsene must bolster the backline in the transfer window'
Last Updated: December 22, 2012 12:13pm
Multiple Paralympic champion David Weir says Arsenal must strengthen at the back in the January transfer window if they are to win any silverware this season.
"I do like what Wenger has done over the years but I think he just needs to buy in January and maybe let Steve Bould do a little bit more work and help him out a little bit, maybe."
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The Gunners started the weekend two points off the Champions League places - and are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League - and this week announced that Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson have all signed long-term deals.
But Arsene Wenger's side is out of the League Cup after losing to League Two side Bradford on penalties and wheelchair racer Weir told Soccer AM that the Frenchman needs to bolster his backline once the New Year rolls around.
"I do like what Wenger has done over the years but I think he just needs to buy in January and maybe let Steve Bould do a little bit more work and help him out a little bit, maybe," said Weir.
"I think we need to strengthen at the back to win those trophies. I turned the TV over as soon as [the Bradford game] went to penalties because I knew we were going to lose."
Weir, nicknamed 'The Weirwolf of London', struck gold four times at the 2012 Paralympics winning the 5,000m, 1,500m, 800m and the marathon - victories that subsequently saw him rewarded with the Freedom of the City of London.
And the British Paralympic Athlete of the Year told Max and Helen that he's still coming to terms with his success.
"I'm living off the dream a little bit still," he said. "It's still fresh now - watching the pictures I still think I'm going to lose! It's like I'm watching it live!
"I was confident going into the Games because everything went right with the preparations and training - I was hitting speeds that I've never done before as I was training with cyclists in Richmond Park.
"So the confidence was really high. I just wanted to get off to a winning start in the 5,000m. Once I'd done that I knew that I'd got in the other racers' minds - they knew it was me that they had to beat - and I started to relax.
"My 1,500m was the next day; when I went to the warm-up track I was 2mph quicker than I was for the 5,000m final so I knew I'd relaxed. To beat me they would maybe have had to put pins in my tyres or something!
"The marathon was my last event and within five miles I didn't know if I could carry on with the race; I needed a bit of energy so I did my beetroot juice shot early. It was meant for 16 miles but I did in the first five and it gave me loads of energy!"
Weir capped an incredible year by finishing fifth in Sports Personality of the Year 2012 - even though victor Bradley Wiggins said he would have voted for the Paralympian!
"I was chuffed just to be in the final 12," he said. "We've been winning medals for years for Paralympic sport and to get on that list with those guys was an amazing achievement. I was just overwhelmed to be mixing with Bradley and all the guys that were there. I would have voted for Bradley."