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Parlour thinks Arsenal need to look at manager currently in charge of PL side

Ray Parlour has told TalkSPORT that he would be happy to see Burnley manager given a chance at Arsenal – if Mikel Arteta loses his job. Dyche is approaching a decade at Burnley, after taking over at Turf Moor in 2012. The pressure is on at Arsenal; Parlour has backed Dyche if he replaces him.

Arteta is under intense scrutiny after a questionable transfer window in which many believe Arsenal have overpaid for Ben White. Other additions have hardly enticed the fans, though today’s signing of Martin Odegaard certainly has. It has been a tumultuous summer, to say the least.

That, compounded by a dismal opening-day defeat to newly-promoted Brentford, has placed Arteta under intense pressure. Sunday sees Arsenal take on Chelsea, the latter of whom will be expected to win. If Arteta does go, Parlour has backed £70,000-a-week (Times) Dyche at Arsenal.

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“Most people would love to see him get a chance at a bigger job,” Parlour said. “See how he could do in a top-six job. I’m surprised some clubs haven’t gone down that road, and give Sean Dyche a go. What he has done at Burnley is unbelievable, he does a great job every season.


Asked if he would like to see Dyche as an option, if Arteta loses his job, Parlour said: “Well, why not? I don’t know if they would go down that road. But if Arsenal tell me Sean Dyche is the next manager, then good. We get behind the manager and see how we do.”

Dyche to Arsenal: Does he deserve chance, amid Parlour claim?

While Dyche is a brilliant manager, clocking up 392 games as boss of Burnley, a move to Arsenal would be underwhelming. Parlour argues it well and Dyche certainly deserves a move to a bigger club. But given the biggest club he has managed, Arsenal fans would want a bigger name.

One that has been there and done it, won trophies, experienced – or at least one with an Arsenal career. The perfect option is out of work, in Antonio Conte. He has admirers, too. ITA Sport Press claim he will be a priority of Arteta does go, even with demands of a contract worth £196,000 a week.

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