Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has called for a change in his former club’s transfer policy after everything that has happened over the last few years.
The Gunners have dropped out of Europe for the first time in over 25 years and that is a consequence of a number of poor decisions made by the club on the transfer market in the last three or four seasons.
None of our big-money signings, apart from maybe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have set the stage on fire. There has been little improvement on multiple fronts, which begs the question if Arsenal really are being smart with transfers?
Petit doesn’t think so. The Frenchman has slammed Arsenal for repeating the same mistakes year after year. He has now urged his former club to stop using excuses and to start getting their plans on the market right.
Emmanuel Petit: Arsenal have to change
He said on TalkSport: “How many times were they wrong in buying players at Arsenal? Defenders, Mustafi, Sokratis, with the same talent. They were adding players on players on players, but they were not difference between them. This is the end of the street for them.
“Make changes, you have to. It’s been the case for the last couple of years, but what have they done?
“Don’t tell me it’s because of COVID-19. When you spend £60million on players (in) every single transfer window, you have the money to bring in talent. Can you tell me how you choose your talent? How you choose your profile? What is your target?”
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal’s transfer policy has been questionable for quite a while now. When Arsene Wenger was still at the helm, he was never really backed by our owners in the transfer windows. That handicapped us on the market.
Once the legendary Frenchman left the club, the Kroenkes decided to inject some money, but our recruitment hasn’t been great, has it?
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was an alright signing at the start, but he faded very quickly. Stephan Lichtsteiner was the most pointless signing ever, as were Denis Suarez, Willian and even Cedric to a certain extent.
If Arsenal are to succeed anytime soon, things have to change. Edu has done well with some of our signings over the last two years, but if we want go to the next level, he will have to outdo everything he has done so far.