Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes that the current team is the best we’ve had since the Invincibles, especially in terms of morale, and revealed that all hasn’t exactly been as peachy as we were led to believe in recent years.
Speaking recently, the former Gunner talked about visiting London Colney occasionally and how, at the moment, it’s the best he’s seen it behind the scenes for a long time.
“I think this is the best dressing room they’ve had in a long time,” Parlour said.
“The best since Arsenal won the title.
“I go and train there sometimes and you can see the difference between the atmosphere now and in the past. They had a period a few years ago when there was a lot of arguing among the players and personality clashes.
“But they’ve moved past that now and that shows with the trophies they’ve won. You can’t win major trophies if you haven’t got a good dressing room.”
If you think about the type of characters we’ve had behind the scenes since the Invincibles, it’s not hard to make an educated guess regarding who Parlour might be talking about.
Although he names no names, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor were both rumoured to be quite abrasive behind the scenes and although I’m all for ‘strong characters’, having people who are just basically going to bring the mood down and reduce productivity isn’t what you want.
It’s a good sign that we not only appear to have the balance on the pitch sorted, but also in the dressing room.