Jamie Carragher wrote on his column on The Telegraph about Arsenal’s transfer policy since Mikel Arteta’s arrival.
The Gunners signed two fantastic players in Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes in the summer. The latter has been Arsenal’s best player this season, while the former – when he has played – has been phenomenal.
However, some of Arsenal’s other deals have confused many people. The deals to sign Cedric and Willian made very little sense in the summer, and Carragher has criticised Edu and co for that.
He claims that we should have learnt our lesson when extended Mesut Ozil’s deal two years ago. He has also urged Arteta to stick to his decision about the German and believes that bringing him back into the mix would be a mistake.
Carragher: Bringing Ozil back will be a mistake
Carragher said: “To me, Willian’s move to Arsenal looks like a final payday for a fine player past his best. It is not the first time Arsenal have made such a signing recently.”
“Adding older players with no sell-on value creates more financial problems and impacts squad balance. With Mesut Ozil already one of the highest paid spectators in world football, you would have thought the lesson would have been learned.”
“I understood why Arteta froze Ozil out as he does not see him suiting his playing style and the club needs him off the wage bill. It would be a mistake to perform a U-turn.”
Arsenal fans have been urging Arteta to bring Ozil back into the mix. The German is the most creative player in our squad at the moment, and he can solve our issues in attack without too much trouble.
However, Arteta has no interest in bringing him back. The Arsenal boss is hell-bent on turning things around without the German, and it looks like he will do just that despite some fans’ plea to see him in an Arsenal shirt one more time.