Ray Parlour blasts "most stupid idea ever" to gift Arsenal and Spurs 3 points

Ray Parlour tore into talkSPORT colleague Ian Abrahams live on air after the broadcaster bizarrely suggested that Arsenal and Tottenham be handed automatic wins against West Ham and Leicester this weekend.

In an attempt to guarantee that next month's north London derby be a 'winner-take-all' type affair for fourth place, and for West Ham and Leicester to reach the Europa League and Europa Conference League finals respectfully, Abrahams argued that both games should be called off.

Parlour – a former Gunners midfielder – branded idea the "most stupid thing I've ever heard in my life", despite Abrahams' insistence that it would be best for the Premier League.

"What the Premier League should do here to help out their clubs is go right, Arsenal and Spurs are gonna battle for fourth, their big game is the north London derby," Abrahams explained. "[Let's] give them both three points this weekend because it doesn't change anything.

"Call both games off, let Leicester and West Ham have their feet up. It's the common sense approach. This is a unique situation. [Let] everybody have a weekend off [and] we'll give Spurs and Arsenal a 2-0 win or a 3-0 win."

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Parlour hit back, saying: "You can't just make a rule up this weekend. You can't just say, 'this week you four teams don't play because you're in the Europa League, and you're going for fourth place, you can't do that can you?"

Arsenal travel to Tottenham in the penultimate week of the season for what, at the moment, is shaping up to be the most must-win derby for both sides in years.

The Gunners are currently two points ahead of their rivals in fourth, but with five games still to play there's still plenty of time for the pendulum to swing.

West Ham meanwhile are looking to overturn a Europa League semi-final first-leg defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Leicester must beat Jose Mourinho's Roma side to reach the Europa Conference League final, having drawn the first leg 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.

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