“It is their quality” Arsenal is paying the price for bad buys claims journalist

Arsenal has been slammed for spending money poorly by sports journalist, Mark Irwin.

The club’s fans have been protesting against a lack of investment in the team by Stan Kroenke in recent weeks, and he has promised to release funds for the bolstering of the squad in the summer.

However, it might not be entirely true that Kroenke has not been spending money on making the team better considering that they have splashed the cash on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Nicolas Pepe and Thomas Partey in the last few seasons.

Irwin faults the claim that Arsenal hasn’t been spending serious cash on players and says that it is more a matter of signing poor players with huge sums of money.

Arsenal has spent close to £300m on players since the departure of Arsene Wenger as the club’s manager, yet they will not play in Europe next season and will need to spend money on player recruitment in the next transfer window.

Irwin writes on Sun Sports: “Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta have blown £292m in the three years since Arsene Wenger left the club.

“So the issue has never been the cost of those new recruits. It is their quality.

“Of the 16 players signed since Wenger’s departure, only Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli can be considered excellent business.

“The rest? Overpriced, overrated and underperforming.

“But it is not just in the transfer market where Arsenal’s decision-making has been seriously flawed.

“There have been so many comings and goings behind the scenes that it is impossible to keep track of who is calling the shots.

“Technical director Edu has been doing his best impression of the Invisible Man recently, while CEO Vinai Venkatesham has become little more than a Kroenke apologist.

“Emery was the right man at the wrong time for Arsenal, unable to bring the charisma, authority and leadership needed to accompany his technical qualities.”

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  1. Agreed! This is what Kroenke backers have been saying all along. The funds are available but the wrong signings are being made. Look at Partey, £45M on 250K a week and cannot control the midfield. Alex Song was doing a far far better job of dominating the midfield and he wasn’t even that good at defending.

    1. Putting Partey as Lone CM against the teams who opt for 3 CMs is bad managerial decisions not Partey’s fault…
      He is one of the best quality midfielder in Europe.. But tactics are so bad that he can’t help

    2. partey, gabrielle and pepe are bad signings?

      then Upamenceno and Konate too cause they moved for less than 35m…

    3. So Kroenke who hired Vinai, Gazdis, Edu, Emery and Arteta is not responsible, who is?
      If we bring in wrong players for significant money, then its his men’s fault.
      For years, we shipped wrong players out and in.
      No vision of a plan or squad, no understanding of player qualities and weaknesses.

  2. So many players who were ‘Gunner’ be great but for one reason or other did not reach their potential.
    GK. Szczesny. Martinez
    RB. Chambers Jenkinson Debuchi Niles Cedric
    LB. Gibbs Kolasinac
    CB. Paulista Mustafi Socritis Bielic Saliba. Mavropanos
    DM. Coquelin Torreira
    Midfield. Ozil Ceballos Sanchez Arteta Flamini Chamberlain Ramsey Zelalem
    Mkhitaryan Asano Campbell iwobi Gnabry. Reine-Adelaide Miyaichi Podolski Willian
    Strikers. Sanogo, Chamakh. Wellbeck Perez Lacazette. Pepe
    Poor scouting?
    Cheap options?
    Over generous contracts?
    Lowering of expectations?
    Poor management?
    Lack of accountability?

  3. Hard to justify giving edu more money –
    Willian, Cedric, Mari, Luiz, Guendouzi, Torreira… the list goes on.
    Hardly great buys any of them.
    Even Partey and Pepe aren’t playing well although i think they’ll come good.

    sack Edu gods sake

  4. Most of our players will do well under a better coach.

    Arteta is simply not good enough to managebthe team.

  5. Partey was a good midfielder before his move to arsenal.90 percent of our problem is from Arteta his tactics are not good assembly all the best players and give it to our manager he Will turn them into average. As at now he does not know his best eleven. Can you tell me that all the players at his disposal he cannot find even right players who are quality does it mean that all our players are crap. Give us a break

  6. There is nothing wrong with Gabriel or Partey. There is plenty wrong with Arteta’s ability to motivate players. A bad workman blames his tools. Arsenal sold Coquelin and he is better than any replacement. Arteta is a fool, a Joker and some supporters here are so, so gullible.

    1. While I believe Partey will come good, I have yet to be entirely convinced by Gabriel .Martinelli and Tierney have indeed been excellent acquisitions, although at least one regular on this site would apparently get rid of the latter if he was in charge..Thankfully , for all rational Arsenal fans, he is not.

  7. Address the goalkeeping defiencies – coz a good keeper will stabilize the CBs and this will have a positive dominal effect on the rest.

  8. That could be an excuse if we were losing against teams with better players, but we lose against lesser teams, like Villarreal…the reality is arsenal is not that poor against better teams but against teams that, name vs name, we should go ahead of them…thats táctics, motivation and preparation…thats on the manager…how dare u name partey as a Bad player, since he could walk at most of the Best teams in the world…maybe u thoght that Wenger esa not doing what is damanding because of he gets poor players like gnabry or Sánchez…
    Our position in the table is unacceptable because Even with our youngsters a good coach who was capable to get cohesion could upgrade, like willock is showing us

  9. The underwhelming dude is Arteta. Just look at his fielding and tactics. Sack Arteta like yesterday and bring in an experienced couch. He doesn’t even know his first 11! He has brought Arsenal to a low low level- never witnessed in 25 years!

  10. This is why I keep telling people that these pundits are absolutely CLUELESS!!!

    Recruitment makes about 5% of our problems.

    Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Magalhaes, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are the only recruits with genuinely ZERO talent.

    The rest of the recently recruited players; Willian, Pepe, Partey, Saliba, Cedric, Tierney were actually, STAR players for their teams before they came to a “dysfunctional” Arsenal system.

    Even if MESSI, CAVANI for example were here, 100% they would be considered old, lazy etc.

    No one can thrive in a team playing, slow, backward passing, unadventurous football.

    1. Absolutely the pundits are clueless

      they care about the price tag

      if a player cost 150m hes world class and talented

  11. This coming window transfer buying 3 players is nothing or rubbish how many players did Chelsea bring in one window transfer to improve with immediate impact at least 5 players…what kind of a father sends his son to do his PR when his house is on fire🔥. it’s time to gooooooo.#Kroenkeout 🤔

  12. When Partey was signed i absolutely saw no sense in it as Soumare was available for little over 15 million . Leceister city make arsenals management team look like a joke .
    Willian wasnt needed neither was Mari , neither was Cedric neither was Runnarsson etc. Its even harder to stomach when we see the players we sell or simply let go for free , there is also the youth .
    What we are seeing at arsenal is shambolic management from top to bottom .
    Lastly Arteta is a very very very poor manager . We need to ask ourselves will Brendan Rodgers be 9th position with the team we have cuz on paper we should be alright .

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