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Ray Parlour urges Mikel Arteta to target key position in Arsenal’s summer transfer plans

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Ray Parlour insists Arsenal need to sign an attacking midfielder this summer.

The Gunners could be forced to sell talisman Pierre Emerick Aubameyang during the transfer window rather than allowing him to leave for nothing when his contract expires next year.

Aubameyang has scored almost half of Arsenal’s goals this season and Gunners legend Parlour believes Mikel Arteta should try to sign an attacking midfielder to help boost their firepower.

He told talkSPORT: “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.



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“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.”

Arsenal are eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of the Premier League restart, although they have a game in hand on some of their rivals.



Ray Parlour wants Arsenal to sign an attacking midfielder

Parlour believes they could persuade Aubameyang to pen a new deal if they can gatecrash the Champions League spots.

He added: “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.

“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.

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“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.

“Champions League football is so important for a lot of players these 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.”





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