Ray Parlour urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to target one key position in transfer window
Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to go out and sign a top goalscoring midfielder in the summer if Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leaves the club. The Gabon international is stalling on a decision to sign a contract extension with his current deal set to expire in just over a year’s time. Mikel Arteta’s side are eight points behind fourth-placed side Chelsea in the Premier League table and Aubameyang may be waiting to see if the Gunners can qualify for the Champions League before he makes his decision. The 30-year-old has scored 17 of Arsenal’s 40 Premier League goals this season and Parlour believes he would leave a huge void if he is to depart from the Emirates. ‘I think they’ve got to try and keep most of their top talent, I’m talking about
Aubameyang and people like that, if they’re going to have any chance of trying to get into the Champions League,’ Parlour told talkSPORT. ‘I think a lot of it will be down to the last nine games of this season, I think they’ve still got a glimmer of hope that you never know which teams that are above them are going to come back and hit the ground running. ‘If they [Arsenal] can come back and hit the ground running and get a good start to the season, obviously the Man City game is going to be very important, if they can get anything out of that game that will give them a lot of confidence going forward. Arsenal have been linked with a sensational move for Philippe Coutinho (Picture: Getty Images) ‘Champions League football is so important for a lot of players thes
e days so Aubameyang, if they can squeeze in there, might sign a new contract, I don’t know. ‘If they don’t, then he might be on his way and suddenly you’ve got to replace a striker who scores all your goals.’ MORE: ARSENAL FC Martin Keown tells Mikel Arteta to make controversial Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decision Mikel Arteta identifies four positions he wants to strengthen during the transfer window Orkun Kokcu responds to Arsenal transfer speculation with cryptic Instagram message One of Arsenal’s problems is their lack of goals from midfield and Parlour suggested his former side urgently need to replace Aaron Ramsey. He added: ‘The goals are not really spread around the team are they with Arsenal? ‘You get [Alexandre] Lacazette who can chip in with a few, [Mesut] Ozil probably doesn’t score enough for the position he plays. ‘The midfield are very much more defensive minded, [Granit] Xhaka is not going to score you goals, [Lucas] Torreira’s not
going to score you goals, they’ve lost Ramsey, who was the goalscorer from midfield. ‘So, I look at an attacking midfielder who’s probably going to score you 10 goals a season, but you’re talking big money then, so spend.’ MORE: Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal MORE: Arsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announced Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.