Ray Parlour names his surprising choice to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has said that he thinks Unai Emery will leave the club before their next Premier League match against Norwich City on Sunday.

Pressure on the Arsenal boss is at an all time high, with unrest among fans at the Emirates Stadium on show during the Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Gunners needed a point to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, but fell to a 2-1 defeat after taking the lead in the first half, and for Parlour, he believes that will be the last straw for Emery.

“Before Sunday, I think he won’t, I don’t think he’ll be there, you have to make that big decision,” he told TalkSport.

“Edu and the guys who are going to make that big decision have got to look at the dressing room, has he lost the dressing room? I’m not there on a daily basis, they are, they see what’s going on around the dressing room. If he’s lost the dressing room, then you’ve got to make a decision today and move on.”

Speculation as to who could replace the Spaniard should he be shown the door is rife.

“Freddie Ljungberg they will have to go with at the moment.,” added Parlour. “I’m sure behind the scenes they will be sounding a few people out, I know the Wolves manager has been mentioned. Pochettino, with his payoff I don’t know how that will work.

“I’m not too sure about Eddie [Howe] at the moment but he’s done a wonderful job at Bournemouth, he might not want to come, he might be happy to stay at Bournemouth.”

When pushed for a name he would like to see take over at the Emirates, Parlour opted for the club taking a risk on another former Arsenal player.

“I have aways said Patrick Vieira,” he said. “I’ve always said to take a chance on him, of course it’s a gamble, it’s a massive gamble, but every manager is a gamble. How did Pep Guardiola start his career? How did Jurgen Klopp get that lucky break? You need a lucky break sometimes.

“I know for a fact he’d be like Frank Lampard, players respect Patrick, he’s been at the club and the fans will give him a chance.”

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