By Amir Mir

Ray Parlour believes the Premier League does not have enough British managers in the top seven, as he backed Eddie Howe to break that mould – if Arsene Wenger steps down as Arsenal manager.

The Sun reported that Bournemouth manager Howe has been lined up to replace Wenger at the Emirates, as the 66-year-old enters the final year of his Emirates contract.

Ex-Arsenal man Parlour believes, if the 38-year-old were to get the job, that he would bring in more English and British talent into the Premier League.

“I don’t think we have enough British managers in the Premier League,” Parlour told TalkSport.

“You look at the top level, look at the top six or seven, where are the British managers? So, Eddie Howe can be the first one who steps in.

“I think Eddie Howe will look at it and if he did get a good job I think he would bring more youngsters in, more English talent or British talent through.”

Here is Parlour delivering his verdict on the Eddie Howe news.

Howe kept the Cherries in the Premier League last season with a 16th place finish, after leading them to promotion as winners of the Championship in the 2014/15 campaign.

It is understood that the highly-regarded manager has influential admirers at the Premier League giants.

In contrast Wenger has come under serious heat for his lack of silverware in recent years. Supporters have become disgruntled with Wenger who has failed to win the Premier League title since the famous ‘Invincibles’ of 2003/04.

In other Arsenal news, Jack Wilshere has held talks with manager Arsene Wenger about signing a new three-year contract at the club.