Ray Parlour has challenged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to spend upwards of £80million revamping the squad this summer and has even recommended two players who could turn them into champions.
The Gunners are expected to make several additions in the off-season as a result of their poor performances in the current campaign. Injuries have ravaged the squad once again while a string of disappointing results has seen them slip from first place on Christmas Day to where they sit now, fourth.
Wenger is reportedly chasing a new striker, a midfielder and an established centre-back. Parlour, who himself was used to winning Premier League titles during his Arsenal days, believes Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels would be the perfect addition in defence.
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Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Arsenal midfielder said: “I think we might need to spend £70million-£80million this summer to get the right players in to challenge next season.
“But they’re not too far away. I think Arsenal are just lacking two real big characters in midfield, they need a Tony Adams type player, like Mats Hummels, at centre-half and a top class striker, there’s no doubt about that."
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One of our own
Parlour also claimed a new striker should definitely be a priority as Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are not prolific enough for a title-winning team.
Have you seen the pictures of his in 2004 with an Arsenal shirt on? He's one of our own!"
He continued: “Look, I played with Ian Wright and Thierry Henry… we all know we need a top quality striker. Mesut Ozil has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season so that just shows you he’s creating chances. But is there a man to finish them off?”
Asked who that man should be, Parlour jokingly answered: “Harry Kane, maybe?
“That’s who I’d go for. He’s an Arsenal fan. Have you seen the pictures of his in 2004 with an Arsenal shirt on? He's one of our own!"
The 22-year-old England international looks set to win the Golden Boot after hitting 24 goals this season. That tally has overtaken the 21 he hit in the previous campaign and has seen him emerge as one of the most sought-after strikers in the game.
But a move to Tottenham's loathed rivals would be even more unthinkable than Sol Campbell's controversial move all of 15 years ago. Kane has come through the youth system at Spurs and is a huge fan of the club even though pictures from his youth days appear to say otherwise.
Those pictures emerged online last year showing a young Kane enjoying Arsenal's Premier League victory parade in 2004. That, of course, was the last time the Gunners won the title and it would seem much has changed in the 12 years since.
Kane told Tottenham fans not to worry, insisting he is completely committed to the club. That much was made clear when he celebrated widely after scoring both goals in 2-1 win over Arsenal in last season's north London derby.
Speaking in 2015, he said: "Of course it was nice to score after that picture," he said in The Sun. "I'm Tottenham through and through and this shows that. It was an emotional day and one I was very pleased with."
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