Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour continues to tell amazing stories from his playing days with us and the man nicknamed ‘the Romford Pele’ reminisced on a particular pre-season trip before the 1997/98 season.
Parlour, who is now a prominent member on talkSPORT, spoke of a particular time in pre-season when the British boys snuck into a nearby pub in order to start off a good night.
Given that this was shortly into Arsene Wenger’s tenure, the Frenchman was probably still stressing the importance of a healthy lifestyle which may have fallen on deaf ears on this occasion.
Parlour claims that Gilles Grimandi, who is now one of our chief scouts, asked to join them at the bar and he was shocked at what he’d witnessed.
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“Steve Bould said ‘can I have 35 pints, please?’. We had seven each and Gilles Grimandi had a small glass of wine and he was looking at us going: ‘Who are they for, is anybody else coming?'” Parlour told talkSPORT.
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Parlour also touched on the different cultures between the French players and the homegrown stars after he revealed that Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit used to smoke.
While the English players found that habit odd for a professional footballer, the French players were equally bemused by the ‘booze culture’ which was prevalent in English football during that period.
The subsequent changes in the game have been largely attributed to the influence of Wenger and the success he had during the early years of his tenure.
Check out Parlour telling the full story below.