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Tony Adams has slammed Arsenal’s recruitment policy and blasted Gunners chiefs as ‘out of their depth’.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the four time Premier legend said: “”My fundamental issue is with recruitment. I think the club is going through such a recruitment issue at the moment.
“It’s not relying on agents. Thats not the way to go. it’s not Arsenal DNA i’m afraid. I don’t like it. I’ve got to say it publicly.
“Steve Rowley took 40 years to build that scouting network – it did brilliantly and got the best players from around the world. And it’s just been blown up.
“Edu, I love him, he’s a beautiful man, it’s not personal, but he has no experience of building European squads.
“Even Raul Sanllehi, came from Barcelona, all the money in the world, it don’t look like he’s going to get money.”
“Those people are out of their depth, I’m sorry.
“They need to build a fantastic squad that challenges for the league and it hurts.”
Adams also revealed he was turned down by the club when offering his services as a coach.
“I don’t think Arsene [Wenger] wanted me anywhere near the place. I tried on several occasions to lend my services,” he added.
“I took it as a compliment that he didn’t want me there.
“In 2010/11 there was a hell of a lot of pressure I don’t think he needed the previous captain.
“We would have made a good partnership if he swallowed a little bit of his pride.
“I could have filled the gaps in his character but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Arsenal have made an offer for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Napoli are front-runners to sign the 22-year-old but they will have to fend off the Gunners to seal a move centre-back.
Gabriel joined Ligue 1 Lille from Avai in his native Brazil back in 2017.
William Saliba will NOT feature in the French Cup final, Saint-Etienne manager Claude Puel has confirmed.
Arsenal signed the teenage centre-half for a fee of £27million last summer, before loaning him back to the Ligue 1 club for the season as part of the deal.
The coronavirus pandemic saw the French domestic campaign cancelled back in March, but the cup final between Les Verts and Paris Saint-Germain is scheduled to take place next weekend.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had given his blessing to Saliba playing in that, but the Gunners and their French counterparts failed to reach a compromise.
“Yes, William Saliba will be absent,” confirmed Saint-Etienne boss Puel on Thursday.
Saint-Etienne released a statement last month in which they accused Arsenal of ‘imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions’ but the Gunners hit back with a missive of their own and claimed the French club had been unwilling follow a special training regime they had drawn up.
Cedric Soares believes Arsenal’s win over Premier League champions Liverpool is the perfect way to prepare for their FA Cup semi-final.
The Portugal international is cup-tied for Saturday’s meeting with Manchester City – live on talkSPORT – but has backed his team-mates to get the job done.
After falling behind to Liverpool through Sadio Mane’s goal, Arsenal rallied and were gifted two goals as Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson pounced on defensive errors to earn a 2-1 win.
It was a fine response from Mikel Arteta’s side, who had lost the north London derby at neighbours Tottenham three days earlier.
Soares was recalled for the game against Liverpool and now wants to see his colleagues keep momentum going as he cheers them on from the sidelines.
“We know it will be another tough game against a great opponent on the weekend, but we are in a good moment,” said the full-back, who featured for Southampton in the FA Cup before joining Arsenal in January.
“I just think we need to keep this spirit and the rest will come. If we keep working like this, it is just the natural way for a win to come.
“The team have moments and when you keep growing something the wins always give you a push.
“You have to believe in the work of the coaching staff every day and, of course, when you win you can believe more and it helps the team in that moment.
“I think against Tottenham it was a different game, we gave our best and controlled most of the game but didn’t get the three points.
“Last night we had a great reaction with character, we showed that sometimes you need to be able to suffer and stay together as one.
“We did that, we showed a great attitude, everyone was supporting one another and when that happens the wins can happen like they did.”
Arsenal face missing out on Nice defender Malang Sarr this summer.
According to The Sun, the Gunners have approached the representatives of the France Under-21 international to see if he would be interested in making the move to the Emirates.
However, Arsenal’s interest is said to have come too late.
Sarr, 21, has already been sounded out by clubs in Italy and Germany about a free transfer deal and he appears to be edging towards a move to the Bundesliga.
Arsenal have confirmed Gabriel Martinelli will be out until the end of the year with a knee injury.
The 19-year-old forward, who joined from Ituano last summer, injured his left knee in training on 21 June.
Martinelli, who has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season, has had surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his knee.
Defender Pablo Mari is expected to return to training in September after spraining ankle ligaments last month.
An Arsenal statement on the Brazilian said the teenager was recovering in a knee brace after his operation last month.
“He is currently at our training centre every day receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team and will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020,” the Gunners said.
Arsenal have offered an update on Pablo Mari’s injury this evening, the Gunners confirm that the ace is now ‘off crutches’ after surgery following damage to the ligaments in his left ankle.
Mari suffered the setback in Arsenal’s Premier League re-opener against Manchester City a month ago, the Gunners confirm that the ace can now move ‘freely without aid’ and that he’s returned to Spain.
The north London outfit state that the centre-back is receiving ‘specialist attention and extensive therapy’ whilst in his homeland.
Mari will return to the UK later this month, with the Gunners targeting a return to full training for the 26-year-old in September.
Arsenal are interested in Said Benrahma but Chelsea have opened talks to sign the Brentford winger, according to reports.
The 24-year-old has been a key part of Brentford’s push to secure promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with 17 goals and nine assists in 41 appearances this season.
According to RMC Sport, Chelsea are already in negotiations with Benrahma’s representatives to discuss a potential move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The report claims that Chelsea have registered their interest but have not submitted a formal offer.
However, Frank Lampard’s side face competition as both Arsenal and Leicester City are interested in the Algeria international.
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has hailed ‘fantastic’ and ‘special’ Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.
The 23-year-old is beginning to establish himself as a key player for the Gunners following his £25million move from Celtic last summer.
Robertson shares a dressing room with Tierney while on international duty for Scotland and says he is an ‘excellent’ player.
There is a debate within Scottish football on how current manager Steve Clarke can get the best out of both Robertson and Tierney and the Liverpool star admits he is ‘sick’ of the comparisons, while heaping praise on the Arsenal defender.
“I’ve spoken to KT before and I think we’re both sick to death of the comparisons,” Robertson told the Lockdown Tactics podcast.
“He is a fantastic player. I watch him a lot and he’s excellent at what he does. He’s had his injury problems but he’s back now and looks really fit and special.
“What would I do [if I was Scotland manager]? I honestly don’t know. That’s up to the manager.
“There’s a few ways of doing it. We’re just two players playing at a good level. Maybe it’s a conundrum for managers but there’s ways of doing it.”
Perry Groves claims Arsenal were ‘playing survival football’ in their surprise victory over Liverpool and says the team still ‘needs £150million spent on it’ to just get on the right track under Mikel Arteta.
The Premier League champions were stunned by the Gunners as they claimed a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
There’s no doubt Arsenal supporters enjoyed their opportunity to beat the champions and end their hopes of making history by breaking the 100-point barrier.
But former Gunners winger Groves says there’s still a lot of work to be done at the Emirates to get the team anywhere close to challenging for top honours again.
Speaking to talkSPORT host Natalie Sawyer, he said: “Arsenal need money spent in different areas, especially at centre-half and in central midfield.
“I can see what Arteta is trying to do, I can see there’s a plan, but at the moment he’s dealing with six, seven, eight players he knows he doesn’t really want.
“But, he’s got to keep using them and be cute.
“We’ve got a lot of young players coming in, which is good, but watching the game against Liverpool it was survival football, let’s be honest.
“There is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but the finances, that squad probably needs £100million or £150million spent on it.”
Arsenal are set to end the season with their lowest points tally since 1995… despite being one of the few teams to beat champions Liverpool this term.
It has been a campaign to forget for the Gunners, who have failed to mount a challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League.
They have shown signs of improvement under rookie boss Mikel Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery in December, and they secured an impressive 2-1 win over newly-crowned champions Liverpool on Wednesday night.
But there is still major rebuiling work to be done at the Emirates if they are to get anywhere near the top again.
Despite the win over Liverpool, 59 points is the maximum tally Arsenal can reach this season.
It means they will finish on their lowest points tally in the past 25 years.
The last time they ended a campaign with less than 60 points was 1994/95, whey they finished in 12th place on 51 points in a 42-game season.
The north London club also set for their lowest Premier League finish since 1995.
They have not finished below sixth in the table since then but are currently ninth with two games left to go.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t seem too happy that Trent Alexander-Arnold got away with a nasty challenge on Bukayo Saka on Wednesday night.
Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold was given a yellow card for connecting with the Arsenal youngster’s shin.
Responding to an image of the tackle on Twitter on Thursday, Aubameyang expressed surprise VAR did not look at it again …
Dinos Mavropanos has signed a new contract with Arsenal and has agreed to join VfB Stuttgart on loan for next season.
The 22-year-old defender has been on loan at 2. Bundesliga side Nuremberg since January, where he has made 12 appearances and helped to save them from relegation.
Arsenal believe the Greece Under-21 international could become a first team regular in the future and have now tied him down to a long-term deal.
But Mavropanos will first have to prove himself at Stuttgart, with the Gunners also confirming he will spend the 2020/21 campaign at the Bundesliga club.
Alexandre Lacazette has stressed his ‘trust’ in Reiss Nelson’s talent after the 20-year-old scored his first Premier League goal in the win against Liverpool.
After Lacazette’s opener, Nelson struck to seal a 2-1 victory over the champions at the Emirates.
“He is a big talent and does a lot of work behind [the scenes],” said the Frenchman of his young teammate.
“I trust in him, he is working a lot in every training session and today he had the chance to start and I am really happy for him because I think he deserves it.”