Peter Crouch has slammed Arsenal for not signing midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who would have been “perfect” had he been brought into the Gunners’ side.
Nzonzi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, played alongside Crouch at Stoke City before moving to Sevilla ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, with the 30-year-old now at Galatasaray on loan from Serie A side Roma.
Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, former striker Crouch said it was “madness” that the North London club did not go in for the midfielder.
“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.”
Arsenal have been criticised for their defensive issues on a number of occasions this term, but the Gunners will be looking to put things right when they host Aston Villa on Sunday.
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