Peter Crouch criticises Arsene Wenger for failing to sign Steven Nzonzi and says Unai Emery is ‘asking for trouble’ with his Arsenal tactics
Sept. 21, 2019
Peter Crouch claims it is ‘madness’ that Arsene Wenger did not sign Steven Nzonzi for Arsenal and believes Unai Emery is ‘asking for trouble’ with his current tactics.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Nzonzi in 2015 but the French midfielder, who was playing for Stoke City at the time, ended up joining Sevilla for £7 million.
Reports have also claimed that Emery was also keen on a move for Nzonzi last year but he was overruled by Arsenal’s hierarchy, who ended up signing Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria instead.
And Crouch feels Wenger missed a trick by failing to land Nzonzi and suggests Emery is doing little to counter Arsenal’s defensive problems.
‘Why aren’t they varying their style? Honestly, it is mind-boggling,’ Crouch wrote in his column for MailOnline .
‘You can play out from the back by clipping high balls to your full-backs – watch Ederson do it for Manchester City.
‘To keep doing what Emery wants Arsenal to do, with little passes around the penalty area, is just asking for trouble.
‘They have played six games so far in all competitions and have faced 120 shots – 96 of those have come in the Premier League, the highest total of any club.
‘I have wanted Arsenal to address the defensive balance of their side for years and never understood why they didn’t buy Steven Nzonzi.
‘Steven played with me at Stoke and he would have been perfect to provide protection in midfield.
‘He ended up going to Sevilla for £7 million and it was madness Arsenal allowed that to happen.
‘The best sides spot their deficiencies and address them to progress.’
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