Arsenal have been criticized by Chris Sutton for a disappointing summer transfer window in which they spent big without really attracting particularly exciting players.
The Gunners had an extremely disappointing campaign last season, finishing 8th in the Premier League and not qualifying for any European competition this season.
It’s no surprise, then, that Arsenal responded by making a number of changes to their first team this summer, with a long list of new additions as several players left Emirates Stadium as well.
Martin Odegaard, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares have arrived, while big names like Willian, David Luiz and Joe Willock are gone for good and Hector Bellerin has been loaned out.
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Sutton isn’t too impressed with the changes Arsenal has made as he questions whether these new players are really doing enough to improve the squad, given the cost.
“I wouldn’t blame you for being disappointed enough. You ended up as the biggest spenders in England, ”Sutton told Arsenal fans in his column for the Daily mail.
“I’m making a little over £ 150million. For that you have Ben White (£ 50million), Martin Odegaard (£ 31.5million), Aaron Ramsdale (£ 25million), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£ 15million), Nuno Tavares (£ 7million) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (£ 19.8million).
“They are all good players, don’t get me wrong. Tomiyasu, who joined on deadline day, is a nice signing. He’s only 22 and he can play center-back, right-back, or right-back, so he gives you options.