Former Arsenal star says new England role WRONG for Wilshere

Despite playing at the top level of football in England for years and winning a hatful of medals with Arsenal, including being a big part of the incredible invincibles season of 2003-04, Ray Parlour never managed to hold down a place with the England national team.

The 41-year old did win 10 international caps in a two year period but his one chance of playing in a tournament, Euro 2000, was wrecked by a knee injury and his England career fizzled out once Sven-Goran Eriksson took over from Kevin Keegan as England manager.

Parlour was a central midfielder but did come up with goals at times, most memorably his 30 yard FA cup final winner against Chelsea. He also incorrectly had one disallowed at international level, so he does know the role very well and should have played more for his country.

And on the subject of England, Parlour has spoken out against the new central midfield role being tried out with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere. In a Daily Star report, the former Gunner says that Roy Hodgson is losing out on the best of Wilshere by playing him so deep, despite the praise that Jack has received for his performances in the last two games.

Parlour said, “I really believe his best position is more of an advanced midfielder.

“His game is best when he is doing those little one-twos around the penalty box.

“He knows exactly when to give it, he holds onto it enough and he does those driving runs forwards – I think that is Jack Wilshere at his best.

“I always think you’ve got to be playing on a regular basis in that regular position if you’re going to be playing for your country. Roy Hodgson has got to make a big decision.

“Certainly I believe Jack Wilshere’s position is more advanced and Roy will have to look into the further we get into the group and obviously in two years’ time in the European Championships.

“Who plays there, I don’t know. It is a situation where there is a big decision as to who play there, but at the moment I’d like Jack further forwards, around that penalty box, creating chances.”

Can Wilshere play different roles for club and country and if not, which one should he focus on?

Ray Parlour – The biggest signing Arsenal need this summer……

The Arsenal legend Ray Parlour, who played for the Gunners for twelve glorious years, has spoken out about the most important player for Arsenal to sign this season; Robin Van Persie!

The Arsenal captain scored (as usual) in last nights 2-1 win over Newcastle which puts the Gunners just one point behind Tottenham in third place, and there is no doubt that they would be nowhere near that position without Captain Vantastic leading the team from the front.

“He’s in a very strong position with one year left on his contract.” Parlour said.

“Arsenal can’t afford to let him go on a free transfer, so they couldn’t keep him for a season. He’d be a massive loss if he left but if he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer, they’ll have to make a decision to sell him.”

“For me, the biggest signing they can make this summer is Robin Van Persie.”

Although Arsenal fans are understandably worried, Van Persie has made it clear that he loves Arsenal and his passion was there for everybody to see in last night’s confrontation with Tim Krul.

I can’t see him leaving at all, can you?