Alan Curbishley told Goals on Sunday at Sky Sports, “Scotty's never late for training, never late for team meetings, all of those sorts of things that perhaps don't mean too much, but he's a proper pro. That's what Scotty Parker is”.
Curbishley then recanted the story of how a young and ambitious Parker asked how he would get into the Carlton Athletic starting 11. Curbishley told him that Claus Jensen was a great attacking player, yet did not track back, and a position would be available for Parker if he could fulfil a defensive midfield role.
For the next few months, Parker diligently worked on his defensive game in the reserves, and then broke into the Carlton Athletic first team—145 games later, he was sold to Chelsea for £10 million.
For West Ham United, Parker’s heart, determination, leadership inspired West Ham to almost beat the drop.
Parker has put his body on the line time after time, yet there is also a touch of quality, as evident with his stunning goal against Chelsea.
As West Ham begin to get accustomed to life without the Premier League, Parker will have no difficulties finding a Premier League club.
Arsenal must sign him, it doesn’t matter if they can't recoup his transfer fee.
He is what Arsenal need right now; steel and add in a new centre back, and perhaps even an new attacking midfielder assuming Samir Nasri leaves.