‘Sensational’ Ray Parlour captained Arsenal to 5-1 win at Inter Milan with Thierry Henry star of the show but Arsene Wenger refused his cheeky Patrick

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Ray Parlour has revealed he was turned down by Arsene Wenger after he cheekily asked to replace Partick Vieira as Arsenal captain. Parlour was handed the armband in the absence of the Frenchman for Arsenal’s famous 5-1 Champions League victory against Inter Milan at the San Siro in 2003. Ray Parlour captained Arsenal on the famous night at the San Siro in 2003 Arsenal were leading 2-1 going into the last five minutes of the game when Thierry Henry, Edu and Robert Pires all struck to hand the Gunners an incredible 5-1 group stage victory. Parlour is believed to have delivered a hugely-motivational pre-match team talk which Pires still speaks highly of today, describing it as ‘sensational.’ Parlour’s exploits that night led him to making a very cheeky request. He queried about getting the captaincy on a full-time basis in place of legendary France mdfielder Vieira. “After the game, I said [to Wenger] ‘boss I’ve got to have a word’ – it all went quiet,” Parlour told talkSPORT. “I’ve got to be skipper going forward, don’t worry about Patrick Vieira. Former Arsenal boss Wenger did not always understand Parlour’s sense of humour Vieira captained Arsenal under Wenger but was missing for the clash against Inter MilanGetty Most read in Champions League POOR UEFA message blaming late Liverpool fans for Champions League delay was 'pre-planned' dumbfounded Pulisic takes aim at ex-Chelsea boss Tuchel over Champions League snub livid 'If I see silver bro…' - Bassey hilariously storms out over 'joke' FIFA card reveal banter Hart mocks his own career after wayward pass hits TV presenter view UEFA begin investigation after Celtic fans unfurl 'f*** the Crown' banner pro Arsenal title winner explains why Erling Haaland is just like Ian Wright “Wenger said, ‘Ray, Patrick is our captain.’ “I said, okay boss no problem, I thought I’d ask the question anyway – the lads just started laughing.” Parlour’s sense of humour did not appear to resonate with the legendary Arsenal manager in the same way it did with his team-mates, with Vieira quickly restored to the captaincy role upon his return. Parlour would not be drawn on the intricacies of his pre-match monologue but admitted he told his team-mates: “We can beat these Italians, let’s believe in ourselves.” Arsenal went on to top their Champions League group ahead of Lokomotiv Moscow in second place but the Gunners were eventually stopped in their stride at the quarter-final stage, losing to Chelsea 3-2 on aggregate. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom that season for Parlour and co as they went on to win the Premier League title at a canter and were nicknamed the invincibles after finishing the entire league season unbeaten. Ray Parlour played 25 games in the Arsenal’s Invincibles season of 2003/04Getty Images - Getty Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone. In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game. There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too. Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE! Most read in Champions League POOR UEFA message blaming late Liverpool fans for Champions League delay was 'pre-planned' dumbfounded Pulisic takes aim at ex-Chelsea boss Tuchel over Champions League snub livid 'If I see silver bro…' - Bassey hilariously storms out over 'joke' FIFA card reveal banter Hart mocks his own career after wayward pass hits TV presenter view UEFA begin investigation after Celtic fans unfurl 'f*** the Crown' banner pro Arsenal title winner explains why Erling Haaland is just like Ian Wright

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