Carragher, Keane blasts Edu over ‘stupid’ Arsenal transfers

Date published: Friday 13th August 2021 8:26 - Joe Williams

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Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane have hit out at the recruitment at Arsenal since technical director Edu joined the club.

The Gunners have invested £77m on three players so far this summer with Nuno Tavares coming in from Benfica, Albert Sambi Lokonga joining from Anderlecht and Ben White landing from fellow Premier League club Brighton.

The success of their new signings is yet to be seen but Carragher has criticised the club’s previous purchases of former Chelsea players Willian and David Luiz.

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Carragher said 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’.”

When a fan tried to argue back, Carragher added: “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.”

AFTV regular Ty tried to persuad him that it wasn’t stupid, but Carragher was having none of it, he said: “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 it was claimed by a fan that Edu was on holiday at key points in the transfer window, Keane said: “I think he’s been on holiday for about two years!”

Keane 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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