Shakers swoop for Parker

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has called on the squad to become

wiser in converting possession into wins.

The Gunners are in the midst of a pre-Christmas slump – losing

at Olympiakos in the Champions League and at home to Swansea in the

preceding Premier League clash.

Without a win in four, Arsene Wenger finds himself under renewed

pressure at the head of affairs – but France star Sagna maintains

that the players need to help out by becoming more ruthless.

“We just need to be wiser. We have had the opportunity to win

games, and for some reason we don’t,” Sagna told Arsenal


“We need to work on it. We need to stay focused on the pitch and

we need to work harder during training sessions. If we do that

everything will be fine. I don’t worry about it.

“Everyone is good in the Premier League. Everyone can beat

everyone. The top teams are the most consistent ones.

“They just go game by game and want to take points. We have to

step up and show the opposition who is on top. We’ve made some

mistakes in the past and now we want to impose ourselves on our


Arsenal travel to The Hawthorns to face this season’s surprise

package West Brom on Saturday, and will start the game five points

and five places below their hosts.

Parker, 25, has been with Kevin Blackwell’s Shakers squad for a

number of weeks on a trial basis before agreeing his deal.

The player made 52 appearances for Leeds but struggled with

injuries before being released over the summer.

Parker also enjoyed loan spells with Bradford, where he made his

senior bow, as well as Darlington and Carlisle.