Ex Gunners midfielder believes neglected Blues striker would be a good addition but cannot foresee a sale as unlike Manchester United, Arsenal are a threat.
Chelsea's misfit centre forward Demba Ba, 28, a striker who has been used only sparingly by Jose Mourinho thus far this season, would be a 'perfect' squad player for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman seeks to supplement his attacking roster ahead of the closing of the mid-season transfer window at the end of play on Friday, January 31.
That is, according to former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour, a three-time Premier League winner, who alludes to a successful title push being dependent on possessing a big squad and, considering Wenger's options in defence and his glut of talent in midfield, it is only really in the striking department where there is a dearth of quality outside of Olivier Giroud and, at a pinch, Lukas Podolski, who is more accustomed to a wide left forward position.
'You need a big squad and I’m sure Arsene Wenger is looking at the situation and thinking, ‘who can we bring in to help?’ Demba Ba would be perfect for Arsenal,' said Parlour on talkSPORT today, Tuesday.
However, while Chelsea have already conducted transfer business with a fellow behemoth of British football, as Juan Mata left Stamford Bridge to join Manchester United in a £37.1m switch, Parlour does not envisage Jose Mourinho allowing one of his players to transfer to Arsenal as the North Londoners are more of a threat to Chelsea's title challenge than United are.
'They need someone like that, but would Chelsea let him leave for Arsenal? I don’t know at the moment. They have sold Juan Mata to Manchester United but maybe they are viewing Arsenal as a little bit more of a threat at the moment.'
Out of all Chelsea strikers it is actually Ba who has the best attacking efficiency as he is responsible for a goal (3) or an assist (3) once every 75 minutes he is on the field in competitive play this season. Last season, in the Premier League, he returned 15 goals and four assists to register an average of one goal/assist every 133 minutes.
Arsenal attempted to sign Ba on a temporary deal but were thwarted by Chelsea on deadline day last summer.
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