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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has urged the Gunners not to spend big money to acquire Liverpool’s £40 million 20-year-old stud Raheem Sterling.
According to the Metro, Parlour believes that Sterling’s presence would stunt the growth of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of the ascending midfielders in the club.
“Raheem Sterling, as a 20-year-old – people are always looking at potential and how good he could be,” Parlour said. “But you couldn’t have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Sterling – I don’t think that would work.
“I always look down the spine of the team, which is so important. Look at Chelsea: Terry, Cahill, Fabregas, Matic, Costa. If you’re going to win leagues you’ve got to have that base.”
Sterling reportedly refuses to sign a new deal with Liverpool, and the Gunners are considered one of the top clubs poised to acquire him for the previously-mentioned sum of about £40 million.
Parlour also believes that the Gunners would be well-served to focus on other areas as they already have a rather stout midfield.
“I’d rather concentrate on central midfield, centre-back and maybe a goalkeeper if I was manager,” Parlour said.
Parlour played for the Gunners from 1991 to 2004, winning three Premier League Championships and four FA Cups in over 300 appearances with the club.