You just know that we are going to be bombarded with opinions from former Arsenal players over the transfers that have happened this summer and they are not letting us down.
Just today we have had Martin Keown give us his view on the upcoming signing of David Luiz from Chelsea and it was not flattering.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Keown said
‘If I was at Arsenal and had the ear of Unai Emery, I would be advising my manager not to sign David Luiz,’
‘Walk away from this deal. This is not the defender for you. It’s too high risk. ‘Yes, Arsenal want a centre back, but is Luiz the answer to their prayers? I don’t think so.
‘The way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defence. He would not get the same protection that he enjoys at Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols in front of the back line.
‘In possession, Luiz is a wonderful passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four. ‘He has a tendency to lose his marker and is one of those all-or-nothing players — if he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, then congratulations because you’re in.’
Ouch, no holding back there from the former Arsenal defender and I am positive that a lot of Gooners will agree with Keown.
Then we have Charlie Nicholas commenting on Kieran Tierney shortly signing for Arsenal.
Speaking on Sky Sports News the former Celtic and Arsenal forward said
“He would be a better left-back than what Arsenal currently have,”
“My honest opinion is it’s quite a high price and I think Celtic have got a very good value with £25million.
“People might say he’s worth £40m because (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka went to Manchester United (for £50m). He’s played in the Premiership in Scotland, he’s been a treble Treble winner, he’s an absolute diehard Celtic fan.
“It’s been an awkward situation for young Tierney, but in saying that I think the time is right to move on. Celtic fans might sit and say, ‘Why doesn’t he stay for Nine-in-a-Row?’ That’s not guaranteed. Ten-in-a-Row is not guaranteed.
“As an Arsenal fan, I think Arsenal are signing a very good left-back who will get better and I think Arsenal had to make a statement of intent to be stronger because we look very exciting going forward.”
Fairly positive there from Nicholas though I suspect the Celtic fans will not be too pleased with his comments regarding the fee being too high.
This is just the start, trust me on that. Over the next few days, you will be inundated with comments from almost every former Arsenal player that uses a microphone or pen for a living.
Personally, most of the time I enjoy reading and listening to what they have to say, especially when it is not the normal negative Arsenal bashing.