‘Arsenal need as big a clear out as Man United this summer’, says Gunners legend Ray Parlour


‘Arsenal need as big a clear out as Man United this summer’, says Gunners legend Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour believes the Arsenal squad needs as big a squad makeover as Manchester United this summer.

The lack of depth in the Gunners’ squad was highlighted in Sunday’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were punished for a series of mistakes against Palace

Unai Emery opted to make SIX changes to the team that beat Napoli during the week to seal their place in the Europa League semi-finals, including swapping out his entire defensive line, and it backfired badly.

Arsenal were booed off at half-time as they trailed 1-0 from Christian Benteke’s first goal in a year, but it went from bad to worse after the break as they conceded two more goals, largely thanks to a defensive horror show from Shkodran Mustafi.

The Gunners rallied with goals from Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it was not enough to turn around the game.

Wilfried Zaha was at his best against Arsenal

And club legend Parlour believes the result shows just how much work Emery has to do this summer when the transfer window reopens.

Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former midfielder said: “This was always going to be a big test for Emery this season.

“I said at the start of the season if they get fourth place it would be a brilliant season for Arsenal.

“He’s still finding out his squad and the transfer window is going to be very interesting to see what he does, whether he moves any players out and brings more in.

“As much as Manchester United need a big clear out, Arsenal probably do as well.”