Ray Parlour says Arsenal need a British core just like Tottenham Hotspur's

Reports today have suggested some of Arsenal's British talent could leave the club this summer.

Reports today have suggested that Arsenal could be on the brink of getting rid of a large amount of their British core. The Telegraph reported today that the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs were considered up for sale by Arsenal this summer as they look to change up the squad ahead of next 

This would be in complete contrast to events at their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs are thriving with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and so on as regulars in the first-team at White Hart Lane and one former Arsenal player believes Arsenal should be doing the same.

Ray Parlour told talkSPORT this morning (13/06/2016):

“I think you have got to have that core. That’s what I like about Spurs. That core of British players they’ve got.

“Both full-backs and you look down the spine of the team, (Eric) Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Kane. I know their two centre-halves are foreign but down that spine of the team they have got good British players.

“I think they (Arsenal) should keep them.”

Arsenal would however still have a strong core of British players, even if Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain and, as suggested Carl Jenkinson, so leave the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and London-raised Alex Iwobi will all remain.

Tottenham are thriving with their current core of British players but have seen the likes of Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon out of the door in recent times.

So it is not simply about having English players for the sake of it, they must be the right ones.

Arsenal may have to get rid of some to get the core they need.

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