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Ray Parlour: 'Arsenal don't need David Villa for fourth'

Ray Parlour says that Arsenal can finish fourth without any new signings, as long as Olivier Giroud keeps up his goalscoring form.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has insisted that the club does not need to strengthen during the January transfer window in order to finish fourth in the Premier League.

The Gunners have failed to add any new players to their squad so far this month, and currently lie sixth in the table, four points adrift of rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.

Barcelona striker David Villa was hotly tipped for a move to the Emirates Stadium, but Parlour is adamant that if Olivier Giroud can keep up his goalscoring form, Arsenal won't need the Spaniard.

"I really thought he might go and strengthen, at least bring in one player in, but it appears David Villa didn't want to come to Arsenal," Parlour told talkSPORT.

"I'm sure the scouting system is working hard to find players for Arsene Wenger, but nothing has fit the bill.

"It looks like he's not going to buy anyone at the moment and he'll have to go until the end of the season with the squad he's got. If Olivier Giroud can bang a few goals in then he can fire them into fourth place."

The Gunners drew 2-2 with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

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