Ray Parlour on what the Jose Mourinho factor would have achieved at Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has defended under pressure Arsene Wenger and claims not even former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would've made them champions.

Arsenal fans have been staying away from games in their droves and two of the club's largest supporter groups, The Black Scarf Movement and REDaction, have arranged protests in a call for change, as reported by the Express.

Plans have been made for banners saying "Time For Change. Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed" to be handed out for supporters to hold aloft on 12 minutes, 78 minutes and at full-time.

The timings are in reference to the 12 years since Arsenal last won the Premier League title, having dropped off the pace this season after leading the table at the turn of the year and the protest comes with Norwich visiting in front of the television cameras for Saturday's 5:30pm kick-off.

While Wenger has always insisted he intends to see out the remaining year of his contract, as reported by Sky Sports, the club's continued failure in the Premier League has been exacerbated by the lack of any silverware this season.

'I'm not too sure'

Gunners legend Parlour has defended his former manager on talkSPORT.

He doubts whether Chelsea hero Mourinho would join Arsenal - the Portuguese being heavily linked with Manchester United - but insists not even he would have made Arsenal champions in recent years.

"No I don't think so (Mourinho would join Arsenal)," Parlour told talkSPORT.

"He's 28 or 33/1 (with bookmakers) isn't he, and that's about right, I'd be amazed if Mourinho went to Arsenal.

"I don't know, I couldn't answer that question (whether Mourinho would win the league with Arsenal next season).

"He's got the record to win the Premier League with what he's done with Chelsea and he's done well wherever he's gone.

'Harder to beat sure, but champions..."

"I would probably not go for the Jose Mourinho (route)."

When asked if he thought Mourinho would have won the league in the last five seasons with Arsenal on the same budget as Wenger, Parlour added: "I don't think he would have done, no.

"I think Jose wherever he's gone, he's had money to spend, they've let him have the free reign really to let him go and get the players.

"The tactics might have changed and they might have been a bit harder to beat at times but I'm not too sure."

Top managerial talent has come and gone

Adding to the frustrations of Arsenal fans is the fact that while the North Londoners and Wenger have remained together, some stellar names in modern day management have come and gone.

The likes of Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte have all secured jobs with Arsenal's Premier League rivals while Diego Simeone is looking increasingly more difficult to prise away from Atletico Madrid given his success in Spain.

If Wenger does stay on into the last year of his contract, it will surely heap even more pressure on the Frenchman and the club to splash out in the transfer market to achieve success.

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