Parlour: I'd rather Arsenal focused on keeping Wilshere than signing Milner

Former Arsenal man Ray Parlour wants the Gunners to focus on keeping Jack Wilshere at the Emirates.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he’d rather the side focused on keeping Jack Wilshere than trying to sign James Milner.

The Daily Star has linked the Gunners with a move for the versatile Manchester City man, but Parlour has explained why he feels the Gunners should opt against trying to sign him and focus on preventing Wilshere from heading to the Etihad, as suggested by the Daily Express.

“I look at his age and I don’t think they need a player like him. He’s a great player and does a good job for his team – I’d rather look at trying to keep Jack Wilshere than bringing in someone like James Milner,” said Parlour.

Arsenal are a side with some very experienced midfield players, but it’s a valid point to suggest that Arsene Wenger should be looking to focus on younger and more dynamic performers.

It’s also a valid point to suggest that there are other areas of the Arsenal squad which need to be improved.

There’s arguably a greater need for a highly talented and authoritative holding player to protect the side’s defence, rather than drafting in Milner, who would more than likely be used to cover a variety of positions.

Whether Milner would offer more to Arsenal’s midfield than Wilshere is also debatable, with the latter working hard on his fitness to try and fight his way back into the first team picture at the Emirates.

Wilshere has consistently struggled with injuries, but he’s similar to Milner in the respect that he can play different positions across a midfield and has the potential to be much more than a versatile squad man for the club.

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