Posted on Wednesday, 29th June 2011 by Iain Culverhouse
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour recently told talkSPORT:
‘They [Arsenal] need a striker.’
‘Marouane Chamakh found it difficult [last season]. He did well in the early parts of the season but went off the boil a bit.’
‘They should get someone who’s a little bit different, who can score a goal, like an Ian Wright.’
‘Jermain Defoe would be a good signing for me. Tottenham fans won’t like it but that’s how it goes these days. I was there when Sol Campbell signed and he was a great player for Arsenal.’
Now for me, much has been said on Chamakh, so evidently I’m not going to cover this, and while I do agree that Arsenal need another striker on board, I am not 100% convinced that Defoe fits the bill for me.
I am aware that we’ve had Sol Campbell and William Gallas in the side before, who both came from London rival clubs, but there is always that little bit of a worry for me in taking a player from Spurs.
Anyway, the question is – could Defoe become the next Ian Wright type player at Arsenal if we sign him this summer?
In my opinion, no he can’t.
Ian Wright in his heyday was a great player, but there were lots of issues that surrounded him. Defoe doesn’t have the same temperament as Wrighty, which in my opinion is a good thing, but I’m not sure that he can be compared to the great man.
There is no doubting that Jermain is a good player. However, because he is a spud, it does worries me a little. I think the age of an Ian Wright type striker is long gone now. In my opinion, I don’t think you will ever find a player like again, and in some ways it’s a good thing.
If we were looking for a forward this summer, which I believe we are, then I’d like to see a Dennis Bergkamp type player come through the doors – but of course this is just wishful thinking on my part.
If we do sign Defoe, then I reckon I could accept it as time progresses, but he will need to be strong enough to deal with the concerns and pressure of being an Arsenal player.
I commented 10 days ago about Sol Campbell coming out of the woodwork and making comments about Arsenal, and now Ray Parlour has done the same – do these players not realise that negative comments have a bad affect on the club, the players and those who support it?
In any case, I completely disagree with Parlour’s assessment. I don’t believe that Defoe would be the next Wright at Arsenal (if we signed him this summer), purely for the fact that I don’t think that there is a player out there that could emulate Wrighty’s greatness.
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