Arsenal transfers: Ray Parlour urges Gunners to spend £100m

Arsenal transfers: Ray Parlour urges Arsene Wenger to spend £100m this summer to transform Gunners into title contenders

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Arsene Wenger's side finished fourth in the Premier League table Photo: Back Page Images

Ray Parlour has urged Arsene Wenger to spend £100m this summer to transform Arsenal back into title contenders.

The Gunners, who finished fourth last term, have been heavily linked with a £22m move for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, as well as want-away Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, in recent weeks.

And former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes Wenger should break the bank to secure some top talent ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

“They need to go out and spend money now, reports are saying there’s £70m available at the moment,” Parlour told Goal.

“If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d say go out and spend £100m and get the right players to have a real go of it next season.

“The whole point in moving stadium was to try to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona but now they are trying to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, who will probably get stronger next season.

“That’s the most important thing for the fans, but now the club are in such a good state of mind with the stadium – they paid off a lot of money on that – and financially, they are in a very good situation.”

Parlour added: “The players that work for him on a regular basis would be very excited to have the likes of Rooney in the side, Higuain, who is a very good player at Real Madrid, and Fellaini, who has had a great few seasons at Everton.

“That’s the big question now, whether they can attract this sort of players to the club.”

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