Micah Richards hails Arsenal legend who 'just didn't get the credit'

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has been praised by BBC Sport pundit Micah Richards, who believes the Gunners icon is one of the Premier League’s top unsung heroes.

Parlour came through the ranks at Arsenal and made his Gunners debut in 1992, going on to make over 400 competitive appearances for the club.

The 48-year-old won 11 trophies while at Highbury – three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup, three Community Shields and one Cup Winners’ Cup.

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During his playing career, Parlour was a tenacious, ball-winning midfielder who was constantly on the move and was eager to surge forward, chipping in with some vital goals along the way.


The latest BBC Match of the Day Top 10 Podcast covered the top unsung heroes in the Premier League, and the Arsenal icon made the list.

And Richards waxed lyrical about Parlour, saying: “He was technically outstanding, the way he used to move.

“What did they call him? The Romford Pele. He was just a geezer, he had a bit about him and was a lovely footballer.

“He just didn’t get the credit. He was better than what people gave him credit for and played in some great teams.

“When I think Arsenal, you mention the great players first and then you mention Ray Parlour.”

Parlour left the Gunners in 2004, following their famous Invincible season, and spent three years at Middlesbrough before seeing out his career at Hull in 2007.

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