In a move that goes against Arsene Wenger’s trend of signing young players and building a team with a long term vision, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Arsenal manager wants to sign Scott Parker.
While the England international is pushing into his 30s and coming from a Championship-bound club, he could still reportedly go for a fee in the vicinity of £5 million.
After going six seasons without a trophy, Arsenal are desperately looking for answers to why they keep falling to second and third place. While Wenger has always stuck by a stringent youth policy, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke reportedly feels a new tactic must be considered at Arsenal, particularly with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea showing over the past two seasons that spending big money equates to trophies.
While Parker clearly is very loyal to West Ham, after the Hammers secured relegation on the weekend, rumours are circulating that Parker sees playing alongside England partner and Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere as rather enticing.
Parker told media even before the Hammers were relegated that he would move if the worst happened.
“I’m like every player, I want to be playing at the highest level I can and in the Premier League,” Parker said.
Arsenal looks set to have some big changes in the squad over the summer, with possible exits for Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, and Alex Song.