Jamie Carragher has labelled three of Arsenal’s recent signings as “a joke” but urged the club to stick with Mikel Arteta as manager.
The Gunners’ boss is under fire after a run of poor results has left his side languishing in 15th place in the table.
Their disappointing start to the campaign comes following a summer where Arteta gave the green light to more than £70million worth of new recruits, which have so far proved to be a mixed bag.
While some acquisitions have been well received, Carragher has criticised other new arrivals – including one from Unai Emery’s reign – but hinted the Arsenal hierarchy were to blame for the club’s messy transfer strategy.
“I think Mikel Arteta is a manager, for me, there might be talk about him being under pressure now but the situation he’s in, I wouldn’t even think about Mikel Arteta’s position,” Carragher told Sky Sports’Monday Night Football .
“I really like Mikel Arteta. There’s a lot of nonsense around the club – bringing players, buying players.
“I think some signings were a joke. In terms of bringing Willian in, [David] Luiz in, Cedric [Soares] in.
“Is Kia Joorabchian making signings at the club?”
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Super-agent Joorabchian has close links with Arsenal and represents all three of the players Carragher mentions.
The trio were awarded bumper contracts at the Emirates, with 32-year-old Willian sealing a three-year deal worth £200k per week, while Cedric has commited for the long-term despite barely playing during his loan spell.
Luiz was signed by Emery in 2019 but has since been granted a one-year extension despite a first season littered with errors.
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There have been some notable successes at Arsenal, however, and Carragher believes Arteta is the man to take the club forward if given time.
“Mikel Arteta has brought in Thomas Partey and Gabriel. They look like Arsenal’s two best players at this moment, certainly early stages this season,” he added.
“They’ve had four managers and three CEOs since 2018. Just stick with Arteta. But there’s going to be a lot of pain for Arsenal.”