Spurs are the top guns, says old Invincible
Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour says his old club need to aim higher than fourth - and admits rivals are currently north London's top team
06 October, 2017 — By Charlie Corbett
The Romford Pele talks to our reporter
ARSENAL legend Ray Parlour says a fourth-place finish in the Premier League this season is not good enough for his beloved old club, and insists that the Gunners should be challenging for titles.
Speaking at a charity golf day at the Shire London in Barnet on Friday, the former Invincible, who made more than 335 appearances for Arsenal, even admitted, reluctantly, that arch rivals Tottenham were currently the top dogs in north London.
“Fourth is good to get the club back in the Champions League, but you have to aim higher. It’s all about winning trophies,” said Parlour.
“Arsenal have to be competing with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United.
“Yes, they won the FA Cup last season but they will no doubt be disappointed with their league finish last year, and the league table doesn’t lie, unfortunately.”
Comparing Arsenal with Tottenham, the Romford Pele added: “Who’s the better team at the moment? You would have to say Spurs.
“As I said, the league table doesn’t lie.
“Whoever finishes above the other in the league is the better team. And over the 38 games luck does not come into it, as much as it hurts me to say so.”
Gooners waited with bated breath all summer to see how the Alexis Sanchez saga would end.
In the end, Arsenal kept hold of their prized asset, turning down a £65million offer from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.
Parlour was critical of how his old club handled what he called “a difficult” situation, one that wasn’t simply all about the money.
“If Sanchez was going to leave in the summer then trying to get Thomas Lemar from Monaco on the last day as a replacement was miles too late,” Parlour said.
“A deal should have been done a lot earlier if it was going to happen.
“It’s difficult because if Arsenal had sold Sanchez, they would have 25 goals less this season.
“In terms of a new deal, how much money does someone need to live on?
“Sanchez has been brought up as a normal person in Chile, not the wealthiest place on Earth!
“So how much can he possibly spend out?
“Arsenal have offered him the biggest deal in the history of the club to stay.
“So if he leaves it won’t be because of money.”