Arsenal face tough test to bounce back, says Gunners legend

Ray Parlour

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Arsenal face a tough task to get back on track and maintain their position at the top of the Premier League, says Gunners legend Ray Parlour.

But former Arsenal favourite Parlour reckons his former side can still challenge for the title despite the defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week.

Because of the international break Arsene Wenger’s outfit must wait until next Saturday to face Southampton at the Emirates in their next league encounter.

And ex-Gunners midfielder Parlour said: “The Southampton game is going to be vital. It is going to be a tough game because I think Southampton are playing really well. That’s going to be a massive game for Arsenal to get back on track.”

Reflecting on the narrow loss to David Moyes’ side which means the Emirates outfit sit two points clear at the top flight summit ahead of Liverpool, Parlour added: “Maybe they were a little nervous in that first half but in the second half they tried to pass the ball better like they are used to doing. They just didn’t get that chance to equalise.

“But you’ve got to look at it in a realistic way and say that they’ve had a really good start to the season. There is so much belief in the team this season. You can see by the way the players are playing, they believe they can win every game.”

And ex-England schemer Parlour predicts his old boss Wenger will strengthen his squad in the transfer window.

He said: “I think January is going to be very important. I look at the centre forward position and I think bringing Nicklas Bendtner off the bench is not the option they really want. So Arsene will look at that in January to try and strengthen it.”