It’s no secret that Arsenal desperately require defensive reinforcements. They were needed last summer, they were needed last month and they’re going to be in even higher demand this coming summer.
Whether Unai Emery is afforded the funds to make suitable additions to his backline this summer is a matter that will likely be debated and discussed for months on end, but until then, the Gunners are going to be stretched defensively and it’s a problem of their own making, according to ex-Tottenham player and manager Tim Sherwood.
Sherwood believes Arsenal’s signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona made no sense, given the need for new defenders and the Premier League winner has also questioned the club’s youth system.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Sherwood said, “They paid top dollar for [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Lucas] Torreira, [Matteo] Guendouzi but where are the academy players at Arsenal?
“They used to bring them through, used to give them an opportunity to play. They don’t even play now, we don’t see them.
“They’re all loaned out. I just think there is no long-term plan. There is no short-term plan there certainly. If there was one player they didn’t need it was Denis Suarez.
“They needed a defender, they need to go all-out for a centre-half but they didn’t bring one in.”
As glad as we are to see Suarez arrive at the Emirates, it’s hard to argue with the fact that the Gunners desperately needed to strengthen their defence, especially with our Europa League campaign restarting next week to add to our push for a top four finish.
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(h/t the mirror)