Arsenal legend: Club cannot compete with rivals in this area

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that the club struggle to compete with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City on the transfer front.

Despite having spent relatively large sums in recent transfer windows compared to what they usually expect, Arsenal continue to be cautious in investing in new players. 

Manchester United took their summer spending to north of £150 million, and Chelsea and Manchester City continue to invest in new recruits that help them to challenge for the title year-on-year.

According to Ray Parlour, who made 339 appearances for the Gunners between 1992 and 2004, Arsenal won't be able to compete for the title again until they are able to compete in the transfer market.

He told the Daily Star: "I think Wenger is that kind of manager who, if there's anybody of any quality available, he will try and sign him up. It's very difficult when you're against Chelsea and Man City with the money they can throw at wages - even United.

"Who would have thought that? People like [Radamel] Falcao and [Angel] Di Maria coming into the club. That's the sort of market you're looking at if you're going to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.

"It will be interesting to see who's available and what sort of players he goes for when that window opens and especially next summer."

When fully fit, you would have to argue that Arsene Wenger's current squad is good enough to make the top four of the Premier League, but in order the really compete with the likes of Chelsea and City for the title, they need to bring in a couple of players who will add much needed defensive steal to the squad. 

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