Date: 31st January 2013 at 1:15pm
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Arsene WengerRay Parlour has echoed Stewart Robson’s words by suggesting Arsenal don’t need to sign David Villa to claim a top four spot this season, and I’m inclined to agree.

The Spain international has been linked with a move to The Emirates in the past weeks. However, Arsene Wenger since distanced himself with a swoop for the 31-year-old striker.

The Frenchman recently stated:

‘Barcelona don’t want to sell, they’ve made that clear.’

But while many Arsenal fans believe they need Villa and reinforcements before tonight’s transfer deadline, Parlour insists the current squad is good enough to land a Champions League place, even without any new faces.

The former Gunner said:

‘I really thought he might go and strengthen, at least bring in one player in, but it appears David Villa didn’t want to come to Arsenal.’

Parlour truly believes that the club are working hard to secure deals, but suggests Wenger has not found the right player to improve the squad:

‘I’m sure the scouting system is working hard to find players for Arsene Wenger, but nothing has fit the bill.

‘It looks like he’s not going to buy anyone at the moment and he’ll have to go until the end of the season with the squad he’s got.’

He added:

‘If Olivier Giroud can bang a few goals in then he can fire them into fourth place.’

The potential signing of Villa would give us more guile up-front, no doubt about it. But I don’t think Wenger will bring in anyone from now until the closure of the window.

Aaron Ramsey seems to have ‘solved’ our defensive midfield problem, while Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky are back in contention – so in Wenger’s eyes, that’s like three new signings.

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