Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has once again questioned his old club’s recruitment following their draw with Leeds United and is not convinced the Gunners needed to sign either Willian or Nicolas Pepe.
The north Londoners had to dig in to claim a point at Elland Road on Sunday evening after Pepe was shown a red card for a headbutt at the start of the second half, with the hosts creating a horde of chances and hitting the woodwork three times.
Adams is worried by the inconsistency the team have shown this season, describing their latest display as ‘very average’, and believes their issues come down to their hit-and-miss recruitment strategy.
‘The Leeds recruitment over the next couple of years is going to be so important, and it’s the same for Arsenal,’ Adams told Stadium Astro after the game.
‘Bringing Partey in is an amazing recruitment. I think Arteta is doing a fantastic job, but I question recruitment and Willian, Pepe… did we need them?
‘Do we fill up the wrong areas? Do we need a right-back?
‘I think Gabriel is another inclusion who has been brilliant. I question letting Martinez go instead of Leno – although Leno by the way pulled off a fantastic save to his top right corner, so maybe he made me eat my words a little bit. I think recruitment is so important.’
He continued: ‘We really missed Partey. That performance against Manchester United, and in particular having the quality and stature of Partey in that central midfield area, it just kind of gave other players license to go and play.
‘We didn’t have that [against Leeds]. We looked very average.
‘It was like an in-between performance between Aston Villa, where we got destroyed on the full-backs and Hector Bellerin in particular, and then the Man United game where we did amazing. So we’re inconsistent.’