‘Emery asking for trouble’ as bargain ‘would have been perfect’ signing for Arsenal, Gunners fans told
Peter Crouch has slammed Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger for not making a move to sign up Steven Nzonzi during the summer window.
The Gunners were linked with some of the games biggest players over the summer window, much like they are on a yearly basis, as there was a lot of talk that Emery would be backed in the transfer window to add some much needed quality to the squad.
And despite spending some serious money in the transfer window, he has failed to add the right type of quality that will improve the midfield and defensive side of the side, which is the main problem of concern for the Gunners chances of a top four spot.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Nzonzi in 2015 but the French midfielder, who was playing for Stoke City at the time, ended up joining Sevilla for £7 million, and reports have claimed that current Gunners boss Unai Emery was keen on a move for Nzonzi last year but he was overruled by Arsenal’s hierarchy.
Now Crouch feels Wenger missed a trick by failing to land Nzonzi and suggests Emery is doing little to counter Arsenal’s defensive problems.
‘Why aren’t they varying their style? Honestly, it is mind-boggling,’ Crouch wrote in his column for MailOnlineMailOnlineMailOnline.
‘You can play out from the back by clipping high balls to your full-backs – watch Ederson do it for Manchester City.
‘To keep doing what Emery wants Arsenal to do, with little passes around the penalty area, is just asking for trouble.
‘They have played six games so far in all competitions and have faced 120 shots – 96 of those have come in the Premier League, the highest total of any club.
‘I have wanted Arsenal to address the defensive balance of their side for years and never understood why they didn’t buy Steven Nzonzi.
‘Steven played with me at Stoke and he would have been perfect to provide protection in midfield.
‘He ended up going to Sevilla for £7 million and it was madness Arsenal allowed that to happen. ‘The best sides spot their deficiencies and address them to progress.’
Wenger did miss a trick in not signing Nzonzi for the £7 million that he left Stoke for, and Emery seems t be following the Frenchman’s route and believing that Improving the attack will solve all of his problems.
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