Tony Adams has had his say on his old club Arsenal’s summer transfer business, lamenting their failure to buy more defenders but impressed by the signing of Dani Ceballos.
As per Premier League Productions, via the Metro, Adams says that Unai Emery just has to hope for the best defensively and get Ceballos on to help unlock Arsenal’s front three.
He said: “We’re not pulling the strings, we’re not feeding the front three. If we can get the ball into the front three you can see what they can do. Ceballos coming on and starting to make us tick, he was impressive.
“Just hope for the best at the back, that’s all you can do with this mob. If we got a good back four we’d be going places. I was disappointed in the summer that we didn’t get someone, or two big, strong defenders.”
TBR’s View – Holding could be more important to Arsenal’s backline than new-boy Luiz
David Luiz was Arsenal’s headline central defensive arrival – at least until William Saliba comes over next season – but he hasn’t had the desired effect in terms of tightening the Gunners up in the here and now.
In actual fact, the return of Rob Holding from injury could be more important to Arsenal – and get them closer to Adams’ vision – than the arrivial of Luiz.
As for Ceballos, he has the vision and guile that Mesut Ozil was supposed to bring, it’s just finding his best role and getting him to do it on a consistent basis.
Because Adams is right, there’s no use Arsenal having an elite front three if the rest of the team isn’t providing the bullets.