Ray Parlour advises Arsenal board to spend £250 million
There will be a new manager in charge at Arsenal next season because Arsene Wenger has finally said goodbye to his first love for 22 years. The Emirates club hasn’t yet revealed their new man-in-charge, and speculations keep growing on the A-list names like Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, and Luis Enrique. Amid new manager speculations, former Gunners legend Ray Parlour has advised Arsenal board to spend at least £250 million in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal’s three-time Premier League winner doesn’t see a reputed new manager arrival without the clarity of club willingness to spend in the summer. Ray told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast as TalkSport reports, “If I was the new manager going into the club in the summer, the first thing I would say is: ‘how much I have got to spend?’
“I’d say they would need £200m, but a little bit more if they want to compete – £250m.”
“A big problem Arsenal are going to have this summer is attracting the big players, because they’re not in the Champions League. The challenge for Arsenal’s new manager is to get back into the top four and to do that you’ve got to have investment – simple. The board have got to back him. They won’t want to spend a lot of money in the summer, but that’s what they are going to have to do if they want to compete in the top four.”
Former Arsenal legend is right about Arsenal next leap forward. They can’t simply sit back and watch someone else overtaking their position in top four.
Arsenal doesn’t have a poor squad after inclusion of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette to solidify their forward lineup. They only need to work in midfield and centre-forward area where they lack little respect. Jack Wilshere’s injury and Granit Xhaka’s inconsistencies haven’t helped them much in the middle of the park.
Santi Cazorla’s long term absence has also weakened Gunners midfield area. They really need investments to compete with Manchesters, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur.
If Arsenal board listens to Ray Parlour’s advice and pick their players right in the summer, they’ll be back in the top four. A £250m spending is a big ask from the club which has been lean in their spending in the previous season, but it’s need of the hour.