Arsenal legend Ray Parlour says that he hopes against hope that the club are able to convince Jack Wilshere to stay with the Gunners. Wilshere’s contract expires at the end of this month and player and club remain deadlocked. But Parlour, who, like Jack, came through the Arsenal academy, hopes an arrangement can still be found.
Speaking to Arseblog News at the launch of the new away kit, Parlour said, “I hope he stays, I really do. Like me, he came through the ranks and I think it’s always good to have players in your squad who have come through the system. But it’s all down to Jack Wilshere, he’s the man that’s going to make that final decision.
“I’m sure plenty of clubs would be interested in Jack because he’s a tremendous player. Obviously injuries have held him back but that seems to be behind him now. We all know the qualities that he has. I’m hoping he’s got one of these shirts on next season!” Parlour concludes, gesturing towards the new away shirt.
Parlour, who spent 14 years in the Gunners’ first team, says he is excited to see how some of the current squad perform under the gaze of a new coach. “I am really excited to watch Aubameyang next season, I think he’s such a top player. He’s showed that he’s a true finisher, next season I could see him being up there in the reckoning for the Golden Boot. He’s that good.
“But there are lots of players I am looking forward to seeing. Bellerin has gone off the boil a little bit compared to what he did two seasons ago, so we want to see him getting back to his best. I’m really intrigued to see what kind of formation Emery is going to play- whether he will go three or four at the back. We all have to wait and see at the moment.”
One player Unai Emery is reportedly keen to eke the best from is Aaron Ramsey, who has one year left on his Arsenal contract. Parlour says that he hopes Ramsey isn’t pushed further forward in Emery’s system, “I prefer him in a slightly deeper role. He’s got so much energy and he’s so great at making those late runs from deep, like Lampard used to do.
“I think you lose a bit of that when he plays in the number 10 position. He’s such an important player and as a midfielder myself, I can say it’s so difficult to pick those players up that arrive late in the penalty area. When he plays in the 10, it’s a little easier to mark him, but he has to have the right person alongside him.”
The Romford Pele is happy enough with the Gunners’ goalkeeping situation however, “There were a few question marks with Petr Cech, who made a few mistakes last season. But he’s still a top class goalkeeper who has experience of big, big games. I’m happy with Petr Cech, we’ll see if the manager is. He might decide there are other areas where he wants to be spending money.”