Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has slammed Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez during the January transfer window.
Spanish midfielder Suarez has joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, with a view to making his switch permanent in the summer.
The 25-year-old made his debut for Arsenal on Sunday as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 defeat to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
But Sherwood says Suarez was exactly the player the Gunners ‘did not need’ in January and has criticised Arsenal’s transfer policy.
He told Sky Sports: ‘[Arsenal’s] best assets are the ones they brought in. ‘They paid top dollar for [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Lucas] Torreira, [Matteo] Guendouzi but where are the academy players at Arsenal?
They used to bring them through, used to give them an opportunity to play. They don’t even play now, we don’t see them. They’re all loaned out.
I just think there is no long-term plan. There is no short-term plan there certainly. If there was one player they didn’t need it was Denis Suarez.
They needed a defender, they need to go all-out for a centre-half but they didn’t bring one in.
Arsenal legend David Seaman echoed Sherwood’s comments in an interview with talkSPORT last month. ‘We don’t need midfielders, we need defenders,’ the former England goalkeeper said. ‘We’ve got big injuries to quite a few of them already, we need good defenders coming in.
Emery knows him [Suarez] and likes what he sees, but for me we’re crying out for defenders. ‘We’re great going forward, but what’s happening with the defence?
It’s just not got any better all season. At the moment it’s not working. It’s frustrating.’ Arsenal slipped out of the top four last weekend after losing to City and seeing Chelsea and Manchester United both win.
The Gunners travel to bottom-placed Huddersfield Town this weekend.