Arsenal hero Ray Parlour says Gunners could be relegated if form doesn’t improve

Ray Parlour has warned Arsenal they are in danger of being relegated if they don’t arrest their current poor run of form.

The Gunners’ 1-1 draw against Southampton on Wednesday left Mikel Arteta’s side 15th in the Premier League – just five points above the drop zone.

Arsenal are now winless in six successive top-flight games – four of which were defeats – and have lost seven league games in total as they lurch from one poor result to another.

And Invincibles legend Parlour has warned his former club they are not too good for the drop – referencing Leicester City’s 2015/16 title triumph as an example of football upsetting the odds.

“Someone asked me the question the other day, can they get relegated?” said the 47-year-old, talking to Off The Ball .

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“I said, ‘well, probably not,’ but then you look at Leicester winning the league at 5,000-1 and they won it – so they can get relegated.

“If they don’t start picking up points and turning it around then there’s a real problem there.”

Arsenal boss Arteta has been under increasing pressure in recent weeks, amid talk of a lack of harmony in the dressing room.

He has also been criticised for freezing out Mesut Ozil with the Gunners having lacked creativity in the midfielder’s absence.

Ray Parlour says if Leicester can win the league, then Arsenal can be relegated

But Parlour believes it’s far too early to talk about sacking the manager.

“I don’t think Arsenal are a sacking club,” said the former midfielder, who made more than 450 appearances for Arsenal and won nine major trophies, including three Premier League titles.

“Mikel Arteta has been around Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger – he knows as a player the dressing room is so important.

“If there is a problem, he has to deal with it very quickly. If it does get out of control, the only person to lose their job, it’s not the players, it’s the manager straight away.

“Hopefully he can turn that around and make sure he sorts that out very quickly.”

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