Former Arsenal hero urges Arsene Wenger to sign new striker or risk being left behind by rivals

Former Arsenal hero Ray Parlour has pleaded with Arsene Wenger to go out and sign a new striker this summer, as he fears that the Gunners could get left behind by their rivals, the Daily Express report.

The north London side opened their Premier League campaign with a humbling defeat at the hands of West Ham. Despite Wenger utilising both of his main goalscoring options in Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, the team failed to trouble the scoresheet.

And Parlour believes that their lack of attacking options is a big issue that needs to be resolved if they don’t want to find themselves out of the title race in the early stages of the campaign (via Express).

He said: “If you look at Man City, you know Sergio Aguero is their main man, for Manchester United it’s Wayne Rooney and at Chelsea it’s Diego Costa. Who is it at Arsenal?”

“I didn’t know who would start for Arsenal on Sunday because Theo Walcott started the Community Shield. I don’t think they have someone who you can say ‘he’s definitely going to play and he will score us goals’,” he added.

The Gunners have won the Premier League crown three times – with Parlour being a part of the squad each time – and on all three occasions, the side have had at least one striker of the very highest quality.

For their first title win in 1998, they had Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, and a young Nicolas Anelka, who contributed a handful of goals, including a stunner in a season-defining game against Manchester United.

Four years later, Thierry Henry claimed the Golden Boot as the side would lift the title for a second time. He was also well supported by Bergkamp and Sylvain Wiltord.

It was Henry again that led the goalscoring charts during the Invincibles season, with 30 goals in just 37 games, which is stark contrast to Giroud, who managed 14 strikes in the top flight last term.

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