The Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has heard the latest Arsenal rumour linking the Gunners with Joey Barton, but he thinks that West Ham’s Scott Parker would be a much better buy for Arsene Wenger.
“They do need strength in the midfield but I’d go for Scotty Parker.
“Scotty has proved that he can do it internationally and I think he’d fit in very easily and it would be a great move as well.
“He’s got all you need from a midfield player. He breaks things up, he’s a good tackler, he drives things on as he has done for West Ham. He’s been a one-man-team for West Ham this season so I would pick him.
“Joey Barton has knuckled down a bit better but he’s been playing on the right-hand side for Newcastle but for me the way Arsenal play I think Parker would fit in perfectly in that holding role in front of the back four.
“He’s not going to get up and down like he used to but he’s got the experience now and he’s been at some big clubs.”
Parlour also thinks that the out-of-favour Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe would be a great addition to the Arsenal side, especially f rediscovers his form from a couple of years ago.
“I know they are linked with Jermain Defoe and he would be a good signing for Arsenal,” he said.
“They create so many chances that if you get a fox-in-the-box then I’m sure he’d bang in a load of goals for Arsenal.
“I don’t think the Tottenham fans will like it but that’s football these days.”
I would certainly agree with Parlour that we would be better off with Parker than barton, but from talking to some Tottenham fans, they would gladly pay Arsenal to take Defoe away! I am sure there are better in-form strikers on the market….