Former footballer David Norris believes that Arsenal’s transfer window was “ridiculous”, due to their immense spending.
The Gunners attempted to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s squad in the summer but have recruited a number of players with potential, rather than who are the finished article.
They ended the window with a spend of over £149m, according to Transfermarkt, having secured Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion, Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna, Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and Nuno Tavares from Benfica.
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Norris does not believe the club have spent the money well at all, and that may well be reflected in their results at the start of the season.
They currently sit rock-bottom of the Premier League after 2-0 defeats to both Brentford and Chelsea, and then being thumped 5-0 by Manchester City last weekend, rooting them into 20th place.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, Norris said: “Crazy, ridiculous. Squad players or players with real potential. They are good players but they’ve spent marquee money on squad players.
“The keeper coming in, the centre-half, but it’s 50 or 60 million on these, who might need a little bit of time to come in. They’re not proven players who have been there and done it where you go, ‘right, they’ll come in, they’ll make us better’.
“It’s crazy money for what they need and for the money on what I would say is developing players rather than players who have been there and done it.
“It’s ridiculous, 100 million on two or three players that are not classed as marquee players is crazy.”
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