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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Arsenal are too big for Eddie Howe to manage.
Arsene Wenger’s future at the Emirates is still unclear and the French man is already into the final year of his contract. The boss is yet to indicate if he will sign a new deal or leave when is contract expires and Arsenal are reportedly preparing for his departure.
Last week, reports claimed Arsenal chiefs are discussing the possibility of replacing Arsene Wenger with Howe should the French man step down at the end of the season.
However, Parlour believes Howe is not the ideal man for the Gunners job, citing his lack of top flight football experience as a problem.
“He has certainly done a great job [at Bournemouth], but I just think it maybe a little bit too big for him at this time of his career,” Parlour told Sky Sports .
“I think he has to go to the next level after Bournemouth, maybe like an Everton, or someone like that who is going to be challenging for the top six and then maybe move to the top-four level.
“But Eddie has done nothing wrong and he is learning the game still and about players and systems and the way to play.”
Howe is regarded as one of the best English managers in the Premier League and was even considered for the England national team job in the summer, but his lack of experience didn’t do him any good as a more experienced Sam Allardyce was chosen.
Parlour does have a point, Howe is a brilliant manager and has done well at Bournemouth since he led the Cherries to the Premier League in 2015 but he would need a bit of time before moving to a big club.
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