Ray Parlour names ideal Arsenal attacking four - English trio miss out

Theo Walcott

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour omitted Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck in his ideal Gunners attack.

Ray Parlour believes Arsenal's attacking unit should be Mesut Ozil on the left, Santi Cazorla in the middle, Alexis Sanchez on the right and Olivier Giroud leading the line up front.

The 41-year-old former Gunners midfielder explained his reasons to why he would name Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench, but failed to mention former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck at all.

Parlour wrote on Sportlobster.com, as quoted by the Daily Mail: ‘’At the moment, Cazorla is playing so well that he has to play. Sanchez has to play.

‘’If everyone were fit, I would have Ozil on the left, Cazorla in the middle and Sanchez on the right. Olivier Giroud is my striker.

‘’Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be on the bench. It is a good problem to have, though. Having said this, I like Theo’s pace and he’s something different to others.’’


The decision to omit three of Arsenal’s fastest players may come as a surprise to some supporters but with Giroud, Cazorla and Ozil playing in those positions during the 5-0 win against Aston Villa, it is expected they will be first choice for the foreseeable future.

On the right side, where Walcott started on Sunday, Parlour has unsurprisingly opted for Sanchez, who has arguably been the Gunners star man this season. A decision that is harsh on the fleet-footed England international but Sanchez, as Parlour suggested, has to start due to his form.

In the unlikely event all seven players mentioned are fit, available and in form, the choice is an incredibly tough one for Arsene Wenger, but throughout his managerial spell at Arsenal he has faced similar dilemmas.

For an inexperienced manager it could be overwhelming, but Arsenal supporters should be confident the Frenchman will know what to do if the day ever comes.

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