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Adams criticises Arsenal for signing Odegaard and two other transfers

Arsenal didn’t need to sign Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe or Willian according to former Gunner Tony Adams.

The trio have been signed over the past two seasons, the former of them on loan with the other two arriving on permanent deals.

Pepe was signed for a club record £72m while Willian has been handed a lucrative three-year deal.

Neither have yet delivered and Adams was “annoyed” by their arrivals as it hampers the development of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

He also felt that the finances could’ve been better invested in bolstering the club’s defensive options.

“To be honest, there’s an argument that you don’t need Martin Odegaard,” Adams told Premier League Productions.

Martin Odegaard has arrived on loan

“I got so annoyed that we bought Pepe and Willian in when you’ve got two kids [Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka] bursting into the team.

“There’s other areas in the team that you could look at, there’s holes in that team, we saw how fragile they are defensively. The defence has always been the weak link.

“As the sporting director of Arsenal, you wouldn’t be getting Odegaard in, you’d be getting good, strong defenders into the team instead.”

Saka has been a regular since bursting onto the scene when Unai Emery was still at the helm.

Smith Rowe though has had to bide his time and went out on loan to Huddersfield last term to further his development.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have been shining lights recently

A recent run of games has allowed him to showcase his quality and the 20-year-old is now getting the nod ahead of the likes of Willian.

He and Saka both started in Arsenal’s win over Leeds which lifts them into the top half.

Fellow youngster Joe Willock has headed out on loan to Newcastle to ensure he gets more game time while Ainsley Maitland-Niles will see out the season at West Brom.

The Gunners have only lost two of their last ten as they look to make up for a poor period earlier this season.




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