Parlour backs fellow Arsenal invincible to replace Unai Emery

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has tipped fellow ‘invincible’ Patrick Vieira to take over from under-fire boss Unai Emery.

The Spaniard is under huge pressure at Arsenal , with the club’s recent 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League meaning the Gunners are now without a win in their last seven matches, Arsenal’s longest winless run since 1992.

With the fans having already turned on the Spaniard, his departure is reportedly imminent and Parlour, a veteran of over 400 Gunners appearances, also wants Emery gone.

He told talkSPORT: “I don’t think he will be there on Sunday. They really have to make that big decision.

“Edu and those who are making that big decision have got to ask ‘Has he lost the dressing room?’

“I’m not there on a daily basis but they are. They see what is going on around the dressing room.

“If he has lost the dressing room then you have got to make a decision today.”

Parlour gave his backing to former midfield partner Patrick Vieira to replace Emery.

“I have always said Patrick Vieira,” he answered. “I would take a chance with him.

“Of course it is a gamble, it is a massive gamble but every manager is a gamble. Look, Pep Guardiola started his career, how did Jurgen Klopp get his break?

“These sort of lucky breaks sometimes – I know for a fact he would be like Frank Lampard [at Chelsea] and the fans would give him a chance.”

But with Vieira currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, Parlour admits Freddie Ljungberg should take temporary charge of the Gunners.

“Freddie Ljungberg I would have to go with at the moment,” Parlour added.

“I am sure behind the scenes they will be really sounding a few people out.

“I know the Wolves manager has been mentioned, [Mauricio] Pochettino with his payout, I’m not sure how that will work.

“I am not too sure about Eddie [Howe] at the moment but he has done a wonderful job at Bournemouth. He might not want to go. He might be happy to stay at Bournemouth.”


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