Carragher and Keane blast ‘stupid’ Arsenal transfers and mock Edu’s ‘holiday’

Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane were assessing Arsenal’s chances in the Premier League this season as the conversation would shift onto the club’s poor recruitment

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Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher have delivered a scathing verdict on Arsenal’s decision to sign Chelsea ‘rejects’ David Luiz and Willian as the pair hit out at sporting director Edu.

The pundits were assessing the Gunners’ chances in the Premier League this season as the conversation would shift onto the club’s recruitment and how they have come up short in recent years.

The Brazilian duo, who the north London club signed as free agents from the Blues, were discussed and how those additions have backfired.

The pair failed to impress after their respective moves from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates as Luiz was let go this summer, with Willian expected to follow suit in 12 months’ time when his contract runs out.

Jamie Carragher has criticised Arsenal’s signings of Willian and David Luiz


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Were David Luiz and Willian ‘stupid’ signings for Arsenal? Comment below

And the pundits scrutinised the decision for Edu to sign two players over 30 who were past their best as Carragher labelled them ‘stupid’ calls.

The Liverpool legend explained on Sky Sports’ The Overlap fan debate: “In the years since Arsene Wenger left, or since Arsenal won the title, for an outsider it’s been difficult to get behind anything with Arsenal in terms of, okay they’re not winning, but you can sort of see where this is going.

“When you’re talking about Edu as sporting director, you’re bringing David Luiz in and you’re bringing Willian in – two rejects from Chelsea. I’m just scratching my head thinking, ‘I can’t get behind this, it’s wrong, it doesn’t work’.”

One fan tried to argue back, but Carragher responded: “Of course you’re allowed to make mistakes, but make the right mistakes.

“Why are you buying rejects from Chelsea who are over 30? And then giving them big deals and you can’t get rid of them? That’s a mistake before it’s happened. That’s just stupid.”

Roy Keane mocked Arsenal sporting director Edu’s ‘holiday’


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AFTV’s Ty disagreed as well, but Carragher replied: “It is stupid! David Luiz has just gone for nothing, Willian will go for nothing.

“They took a load of dough out of your club and you’re left with nothing. I wouldn’t have bought Willian! And I wouldn’t have bought Luiz! They are Chelsea rejects aren’t they, they got the best out of them and then went ‘Arsenal will have them.”

When another Arsenal fan claimed Edu was currently on holiday, during the the business end of the transfer window, Roy Keane chimed in: “I think he’s been on holiday for about two years!”

The Manchester United legend continued: “It goes down to your recruitment – can you get the right players? Arsenal are probably still looking to get one or two players in.

“But the biggest problem for Arsenal, like a lot of clubs, is shifting players out. There’s player at Arsenal on huge money and they can’t get rid them. So then they’re stuck in terms of trying to bring players in. Recruitment is key.

“We’re not writing Arsenal off, they won the FA Cup two years ago, but we’re talking about winning league titles and Arsenal are way off it just because they haven’t got the players, they haven’t got the strength in depth.”

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