Arsenal legend makes Parker plea

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Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has urged Arsene Wenger to consider signing Scott Parker this summer.

The BBC pundit, who made his name as part of a formidable defence with the Gunners in the 1990s, believes the England international could be the perfect summer addition at the Emirates this summer.

With Tottenham Hotspur also keen to bring the West Ham United midfielder to north London, competition for the player is likely to be fierce, but Dixon believes Wenger should put some of his available resources towards landing the Npower Championship player.

“I like Scott Parker and ­always liked him from his time at ­Charlton and Chelsea. He goes about his business in a workman-like way and that is not to say he hasn’t got other aspects to his game," Dixon told the Daily Star.

"I think if you had ­taken his performances in a West Ham shirt last season, put them in an Arsenal shirt and replicated those ­displays, my old team would have got ­another ten points or so.

“I think the way he plays the game would suit Arsenal’s style, to allow the more attacking players to flourish ahead of him.”


Bringing the 30-year-old to the club would see Parker lining-up with compatriot Jack Wilsher and Welshman Aaron Ramsey in a midfield three that excites Dixon should skipper Cesc Fabregas leave the club.

“You have got to do everything in your power to try to see if Fabregas will stay because he is such a talented player," the Arsenal veteran continued.

"But if his mind is not there, then you let him go as far as I am concerned. In Ramsey and Wilshere, Arsenal have ­players who can perhaps do a similar job to Cesc, so if his mind is not there and he does leave, I don’t think you have to sign another player like Fabregas to progress the team.

"With ­Ramsey and Wilshere they are ­covered in that ­department and, as I said, Parker would suit them in there.”

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