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Tony Adams has expressed his concern about Arsenal operating like a "feeder club".

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

The Gunners legend believes his former side will lose players like Bukayo Saka if they do not change their recruitment strategy.

Martin Odegaard [Getty]
Martin Odegaard [Getty]

Tony Adams has expressed his concern about Arsenal operating like a "feeder club".


Former England defender Adams also warned the Gunners that they risk losing the likes of Bukayo Saka if they do not change how they recruit players.


The Arsenal youngster Saka (19) has been a sensation for the Emirates club having only burst onto the scene last season, but, the north Londoners decided to sign Martin Odegaard on loan in January as they were keen to increase their attacking options.


However, that move hasn't been taken lightly by Adams, who has criticised the signing of the Norwegian as he reckons the decision doesn't show good things about the club.


He told Astro Super Sport: "You’ve got to see if they work. The Premier League is a bit special in respect of Odegaard has come into this league and some people respond to it and can do it, and some people can’t.


"So if you get them in on loan and say, 'Let’s have a little look whether he can do it or not, can he play in this league or not, and I think the jury’s still out.

"I honestly think he’s a super player, don’t get me wrong, very talented, but is the Premier League for him? Not too sure about that.

"And it’s going to have to take some time to have a look at that. What I don’t like is that it’s like being a feeder club.

"If we’re not careful, before you know it [Bukayo] Saka is going to be moving on."

The former Arsenal skipper added: "Cedric, is he better than [Hector] Bellerin? Have you made an improvement there? Or are you telling me we need two?

"Get rid of two and get a good one. You always bring players in better than the ones you’ve got or don’t bring them to the club.

"And I go back to it again, Martinez, [Bernd] Leno, for me that is a massive mistake. I can’t tell you.

"If I’m the owner of a club I’m looking at my sports director and saying, 'If we have any desire to win the league, you need two goalkeepers at least'.

"You’ve got two goalkeepers, you’ve got Leno and Martinez, good. You get rid of one and you get inconsistency, that’s what you get."



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