Arsenal do not need Cesc Fabregas says Ray Parlour

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Ray Parlour believes Arsenal have to turn down the chance to re-sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and instead concentrate on signing world-class strikers.

The midfielder is seen as surplus to requirements at Barcelona and Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have been told he is available for around £40m this summer.

Having captained Arsenal, as well as declared his desire to return to the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners were seen as heavy favourites to beat the title rivals to the Spaniard.

But, according to former Arsenal star Parlour, Arsene Wenger should avoid temptation and instead strengthen other areas of the team.

"The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team?," Parlour told The Daily Mirror.

"They have got very similar players to Fabregas – they have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere – if you bring Fabregas back, where do you fit him in?

"He was great for the club but forwards should be much more of a priority.

"You look at Manchester City and Liverpool and they have much better forwards."

Arsenal have the choice to activate a first-option clause should one of their rivals make a bid for the player but with a plethora of creative midfield options already available to Wenger, it seems Parlour would rather see Fabregas join one of Arsenal's rivals if it means they can afford a top striker.

Luckily for Arsenal fans, it seems Louis van Gaal is not interested in bringing Fabregas to Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini could still yet make an offer to bring him back to the Premier League.

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