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Arsenal legend Tony Adams slams transfer recruitment policy and claims club 'going nowhere' with deals like Willian

TONY ADAMS has slammed Arsenal’s recruitment policy and says the club will get nowhere signing the likes of Willian.

Mikel Arteta thought he’d pulled off a major coup when he landed the Brazilian winger, 32, on a free transfer from capital rivals Chelsea last summer.


Willian penned a three-year contract worth £220,000-a-week with the Gunners.

But he has produced just three assists in 15 Premier League games this season – and those all came on his debut.

Willian has now been reduced to a bit-part role following the evolution of youngsters including Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

Gunners icon Adams has questioned why Arteta moved heaven and earth to bring Willian to the Emirates.

And he believes similar signings sitting on big wages do nothing to change Arsenal’s chances of challenging for titles.

Adams told Stadium Astro: “Why have you brought Willian into the squad? If you have got him just to make up the numbers because he has got a bit of experience, where are you going with that?

“I have cried out about the recruitment on more than one occasion. Edu is very inexperienced and they were heavily reliant on agents to get players into the club.

"All of a sudden you have got Willian, Cedric, all the same agent.

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“We have got so many kids coming through, don’t buy these players!

“You spot areas of the squad that are weak. You don’t go and get Willian on a three-year contract, that is going nowhere. That is really poor sports directorship.

“We all get ones wrong, but if you are building a club to win the league then you don’t fill up areas when you have good kids coming through.”

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