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Arsenal do not need Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe or Willian, says Tony Adams

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Arsenal should not have signed Martin OdegaardNicolas Pepe or Willian, according to former captain Tony Adams.

Adams was speaking on Premier League Productions as the Gunners beat Leeds United 4-2 on Sunday. He believes the club have wasted time and money focusing on attacking players when their defence is the weakest department of the team – despite Arsenal having one of the best defensive records in the league this season.

Tony Adams insisted that Arsenal did not need to sign Martin Odegaard (pictured) in January

Tony Adams insisted that Arsenal did not need to sign Martin Odegaard (pictured) in January

“To be honest, there’s an argument that you don’t need Martin Odegaard,” Adams said of the Norwegian, who has signed on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season. “I got so annoyed that we bought Pepe and Willian in when you’ve got two kids [Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka] bursting into the team.

“There’s other areas in the team that you could look at, there’s holes in that team, we saw how fragile they are defensively. The defence has always been the weak link.

“As the sporting director of Arsenal, you wouldn’t be getting Odegaard in, you’d be getting good, strong defenders into the team instead.”

Manager Mikel Arteta moved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang centrally for the Leeds game, with Saka and Smith Rowe on the flanks and Odegaard making his full debut at number 10.

The club legend also hit out at their decision to bring in Nicolas Pepe (left) and Willian (right)

The club legend also hit out at their decision to bring in Nicolas Pepe (left) and Willian (right)

“Our decision-making was much better and our efficiency, we were hitting shots and many of those were on target. That was the difference.”

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