Ray Parlour makes summer transfer plea to Arsenal board
Ray Parlour wants to see Mikel Arteta given the funds he needs to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer
Ray Parlour has called on the Arsenal board to back Mikel Arteta in the forthcoming summer transfer window.
The north London side are preparing for their first summer transfer window with Arteta at the helm after he was brought in to replace Unai Emery at the end of last year.
Arsenal are bound to be linked with a whole host of potential signings in the coming weeks and months as Arteta prepares for his first full season in charge at The Emirates.
It remains to be seen how much money Arteta will have to spend on new signings this summer, with Arsenal set to miss out on Champions League qualification as things stand.
Parlour believes that it is crucial for the Gunners to break back into the Champions League in the coming seasons, and he is calling on the Arsenal board to issue their backing for Arteta in the summer window.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Parlour said: “Arsenal need to get back into the Champions League by spending more money and taking more of a gamble as a club.
“Arteta has done everything right so far, but now it is up to the club to back him.
“The lower you get and the more ambition the other teams get then it is going to be difficult for Arsenal to challenge again.”
Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they take on Norwich City at The Emirates.
The north London side set up an FA Cup semi-final meeting with Manchester City at Wembley next month thanks to their 2-1 win over Sheffield United in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
Arsenal will take on Wolves, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in their next three Premier League games after their clash with the Canaries in north London in midweek.