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Ray Parlour urges Arsenal to make moves for Sofyan Amrabat and Azzedine Ounahi

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged his former club to sign Sofyan Amrabat and Azzedine Ounahi following their performances for Morocco at the World Cup.

The midfield duo have stood out for Morocco in Qatar, where the Atlas Lions became the first African team to reach the semi-final of football’s biggest international tournament.

While France eventually knocked out Walid Regragui’s men on Wednesday, ex-Gunners midfielder Parlour was impressed by the displays of Amrabat and Ounahi and would like to see them move to London.

“Ounahi, the No 8, he is different class,” Parlour told talkSPORT Breakfast. “Would I take him at Arsenal? Definitely!

“With that performance [against France] and what I’ve seen of him in this tournament, he’s not fazed by big games, the biggest game for his country maybe ever.

“He just looked so comfortable – he was always on the half-turn and looking to probe and try to get balls in behind the full-backs.

“Morocco were very good – the way they pass the ball and move, they were excellent.

“Amrabat, he’s a player, too. If I was Arsenal I’d be looking at him – a very good player.”


If Arsenal decide to pursue a move for either Amrabat or Ounahi, they will face competition with a host of European clubs now big admirers of both men.

Liverpool have been linked with Amrabat, while Leicester City are reportedly planning a swoop for Ounahi amid the uncertainty around Youri Tielemans’ future at the King Power Stadium.

However, Gabriel Jesus’ injury blow could see Arsenal mainly focus their attention on attacking reinforcements when the transfer window opens in January.

The Gunners currently sit top of the Premier League table and will need to bolster their squad for what is set to be a frenetic second half of the season, starting with a Boxing Day clash against West Ham United.

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