Arsenal must take a gamble and back Mikel Arteta in the transfer market, says Ray Parlour

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Mikel Arteta is having a difficult time as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has called on the club’s board to back Mikel Arteta in the transfer market and take a gamble in the hope of returning to the Champions League.

The Gunners have struggled since the Premier League restart, losing to Manchester City and Brighton, although they did return to winning ways against Southampton on Thursday.

Hopes of a return to the Champions League next season are slim, with Arsenal ninth in the table and nine points behind Wolves in fifth place.

Parlour believes that his former club are in something of a downward spiral and it needs to be brought to a halt by spending money over the summer.

The England international feels Arteta is proving himself to be a good manager, but he needs the support of the club to make a success of the job.

Arsenal need to get back into the Champions League by spending more money and taking more of a gamble as a club,’ said Parlour.

‘Arteta has done everything right so far, but now it is up to the club to back him.

‘The lower you get and the more ambition the other teams get then it is going to be difficult for Arsenal to challenge again.’

Arsenal confirmed a contract extension for David Luiz last week, keeping the defender at the club until the end of next season and Parlour believes this proves a lack of ambition from the board as the Brazilian is not up to the required standard.

‘He makes too many mistakes and at 33 he is not going to learn,’ Parlour continued. ‘You have to look a little bit higher than David Luiz.

‘He could be a squad player and you could play him as a holding midfielder.

‘He has got a range of passing and you know if you make a mistakes there you have centre-halves behind you, that could be a role for him.’

Arsenal are in FA Cup action on Sunday, taking on Sheffield United in the quarter-finals at Bramall Lane.

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