Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has criticized the Gunners for their failure to make the signing of a defender who is actually good enough to shore up the team’s back four.
Arsenal were not heavy spenders under Arsene Wenger, who really made his name in England for his track record of gradually nurturing players with mere potential into stars.
After the former Arsenal boss was replaced at the club by Unai Emery, the Gunners deiced to invest more money in the transfer market as a number of defenders were recruited.
But even after last summer’s spending which saw David Luiz move to the Emirates stadium, there is no question about the fact that Arsenal have not been rewarded for the money they have spent on centre-backs in recent years.
Thus, former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has slammed the Gunners for failing to identify and sign a centre-back who has been good enough to help take the team toward’s glory like Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool for example.
“When’s the last time they bought a good centre-half?” Ferdinand said, as quoted by The Sport Review
For Ferdinand, Laurent Koscielny – who departed last summer – was the closest thing to a competent centre-back the club has recruited in recent memory.
“That they bought one that’s consistent? Koscielny’s the last one and he finished on bad injuries and lost of inconsistencies.
“So they don’t ever get that right, for years it’s consistent.”