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Scott Parker: The One That Got Away From Arsenal

Scott Parker plying his trade for the lilywhites of North London. Oh how different Sunday’s derby could have gone had Arsene Wenger listened to the calls for experienced reinforcements.

The calls had been ringing all summer for experienced reinforcements. Arsene Wenger himself stated that he was “not afraid to spend”. Well this was true, albeit only in the final hours on the final day of the transfer window on what most would call “cover the crack” signings rather than the marquee signings which every single Gunner’s faithful had craved.

The fact is, no true arsenal supporter is or was against le professor’s philosophy of blooding talented youth, but there comes a time when even one of the most respected managers in the current football world needs to take a look at things and contemplate change.

This however was not be.

The strangest part of this transfer window mystery is that the man that most feel was needed more than any other could of, if not was, the best and most economical piece of business the Gunners could of done all summer.

The man I am referring to is of course Scott Parker, a vital cog in the midfield for Arsenal’s oldest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The way in which Parker dominated the middle of the park on Sunday must have had Wenger cringing in his seat, for every midfield ball to be had Parker was there to claim it. The Gunners midfield was not spared a second on the ball without Parker snapping at their heels.

Is this not exactly what the Arsenal midfield needed?

The most frustrating part is that Parker with years of Premier League experience and undoubted leadership qualities moved to Spurs on the cheap for £7 million.

It is early on in the season but things are not looking good and with a manager who does not seem willing to change his philosophy, this begs the question, ”In Arsene do we really trust?”

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  1. John

    October 6, 2011 at 5:38 am

    not young enough for wenger, you know wenger and his kids

  2. Lyle

    October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Arsenal would still suck if they had gotten Parker. The fact that this is being complained about tells us a lot about Arsenal’s fan base.

  3. canisio mukachi

    October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

    hie tyme we get a manager, WENGER is just too slow on signings…luk MAN U was clobbered at WEMBLEY and their manager wasted no time to inject new blood what does Wenger do play around until all the team guys left then he made some last minute patching s whats is that?

    so poor is WENGER in his transfer policy that he is linked to every other gud player but then big guys who make quick decisions will come and get them eg, MATA, PHIL JONES, PARKER ,etc infact how does he justify selling a player at 24million and then replace him with 8million one..and you buy a player at 14yrs and sell him at 24yrs..guys i need to be educated here am missing something…this guy must to he has ran his race …

  4. Gunner

    October 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

    good point , i think thats the problem here we need a holding midfielder this is the reason our defence is so exposed , its all good and well to have box to box midfielders but then they need to actually be box to box.
    parker is not an out and out holding midfielder in any case he is a box to box midfielder as far as i am concerned that is why arsenal ran rampant in the first half until a holding midfielder namely Snadro was introduced.
    Rossi would be too costly and is slightly overrated in my opnion hargreaves would not have been a bad option but now we are in for mvila which is going to cost us 29 mil so in the long run did we have much to lose in getting parker on board

    • Trickybrkn

      October 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Keep in mind Parker has maybe two decent seasons in him… He has been injury prone, and not getting any younger, so he was a roll of the dice, and why he went for only 5mil. And he was box to box, even attacking before the knees Went in 2008.

  5. Gunner

    October 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

    too true . with regards to the last comment , if you actually watched the derby game then maybe you would be able to see the relevance this article is making to it . regardless of the system wenger plays this was a lad us gunners could of done with . just saying

    • Trickybrkn

      October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Then you need a new manager… Sure Parker would help Arsenal, but if your manager is only interested wingers and attacking mids then what? Change the way Arsenal play? Do you think Wenger is going to change the way he manages? Arsenal never even showed interest, newer wanted a player like Parker… Why bring up a new signing by a rival. De Rossi would have been a great fit as would any of a number of holding international mid fielders… Even Hargraves who would have been on a free. But Wenger doesn’t employ the holding mid anymore. and really only did so withPatrick…. he likes box to box center mids who support and not sit back. And let’s face it Arsenal have quality on their squad, so maybe this should be a discussion of tactics… How am I wrong here? It’s not like I have an axe to grind about Parker. He deserves top level football, and he gave his all to my club, and frankly, I would rather he gone to Arsenal, but given their system, he is better off at Spurs. Better for HIS career.

  6. trickybrkn

    October 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Arsenal was never interested in Parker. Maybe his age or his injury history. maybe too English. But I know the David’s would have invited an approach. Stoke made the best offer, But Parker refused and decided to play a level down… Then Tottenham made a late bid and got him, for around £5mil.

    There was talk of Chelsea making a loan offer, QPR making a cheap as chips bid….a story of a Turkish team making an enquiry, etc. Parker wanted to stay in London… And Tottenham was the only bidder even coming close to the £7mil asking price. Redknapp said after landing Parker that he swayed Parker from Arsenal, but that was clearly hyperbole and chest pounding at his North London rival.

    Wenger was clearly looking for attacking options, and from Parker’s perspective, Spurs where a better fit as he tries to retain his spot on the England squad. Wenger also thought that at this point he’d have Wilshere and Song to play the role Parker would fill. Arsenal also have played without a holding mid. Song would be the best suited, with Wilshere more of a box to box mid. But Song doesn’t really play the same role as say Vierra did.

    Anyway… he’s not really the one that got away, more the one that could have been, if not for the Wenger system.

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