Parlour was sympathetic towards Ramsdale’s current situation, believing he is too good to be marooned on the bench – he suggested that he should leave the club if he does not get the playing time he desires.
Meanwhile, on Rice, Parlour thinks he is ‘absolutely brilliant’. He also thinks that he should be the future England captain, ahead of stars such as John Stones, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham.
Does Ray Parlour believe Aaron Ramsdale should stay at Arsenal?
On the Aaron Ramsdale situation, Parlour said: “Should [Jordan] Pickford get injured then I think Aaron [Ramsdale] would go straight into that England team. However, for Aaron’s long-term future, I think he should definitely review things at the end of the season and consider his options, and I think he would probably want to move on and play football. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens.
“I don’t think it means leaving in January, but [come] summertime, if he’s not playing at Arsenal, maybe that’s the opportunity where other clubs will come in. That would obviously give Arsenal time to get a replacement number two as well, because that’s going to be very important for them too.”
What did Ray Parlour say about Declan Rice?
Speaking on Declan Rice, Parlour beamed: “Declan [Rice] has been brilliant since joining Arsenal, absolutely brilliant. He’s been a great signing and I knew he wouldn’t let people down. I certainly believe he’s a captain going forward for Arsenal and England.
“For Arsenal he has been superb, he’s fitted in so well and it’s money well spent because he’s certainly strengthened the midfield, and he doesn’t get injured a lot – he’s always available to play and you know he’s a top player who always gives 100%.
“I think he’s been superb. When Harry Kane does call it a day with England, Declan is certainly my choice to be the next England captain. Off the field he’s a great professional and people local to me who know him also say that. He’s a great role model to other players.”