Ex-Gunner Frank McLintock is unimpressed with Arsene Wenger’s signings this summer.
Arsenal managed to acquire 8 new players (one on loan) this summer, with Gervinho, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta being the stand out signings of the lot.
However, McLintock reckons that the north London club’s transfer policy is ridiculous, and although he wants Arsenal, as well as the players, to be successful, he still believes that they are in for a tough season.
He told talkSPORT’s ‘Kick Off’ show:
‘I’m not impressed with the names, I hope they do very well. I’m not going to be out there looking to criticise, I want to give them all the support I can.’
‘I think we got about £70 million in transfers from players leaving the club and yet again we seem to be after the second best [players] nearly all of the time. It’s a reaction rather than being already prepared.’
‘I can’t understand why, if we’ve got two billionaires on the board, they couldn’t just put in some money, buy three players in preparation so we’re not scrambling around at the last minute. I’m really disappointed.’
McLintock, who made over 300 appearances for Arsenal, then singled out some of the club’s new signings:
‘I’m not wishing them any bad at all and I’m hoping they have a great, successful time at Arsenal but if you look at Santos for instance, we know very little about him, he is a Brazilian, evidently he’s just come to the fore in the last three years.’
‘Can [Park Chu-Young] jump from France to our division because the two Frenchmen who came last season, only one of them did reasonably well the other one just couldn’t cope with it at all.’
Tony Merakli is Editor for GunnerSphere.com