Tony Adams has criticised Arsenal technical director Edu for signing Willian and says it was “lazy recruitment”.
Edu decided to give the 30-year-old Brazilian a three-year deal in the summer when he arrived from Chelsea on a free transfer.
Willian is believed to be on around £220,000 a week, but he has failed to make an impact for the Gunners.
The winger has become a regular for Mikel Arteta, but in his 16 appearances he has managed just three assists and has yet to score for the club. And speaking to Stadium Astro, Adams has slammed the club for adding a player of Willian’s age to the squad.
“That’s lazy recruitment for me. You’ve got to really question the recruitment process at Arsenal at the moment,” he said.
“We’ve had some wonderful players and wonderful principles under Arsene Wenger. He went for a young player, you wouldn’t have even considered Willian if Arsene was still in control at the club.
“For him a forward over the age of 30, physiologically he doesn’t think he can get that player to consistently to perform to the levels that Arsene would want him to get, it wouldn’t even have been on the agenda.
“This is a straightforward agent recommendation, he’s got the same agent as the sports director [Edu] so it’s an easy option for him, three-year contract, there we go. I think it’s really poor recruitment.
“As a coach, you’ve been given this player, you wanted this player. You don’t have to play them. He’s not playing [Mesut] Ozil, one of the greatest creative players there is.
“And to have someone like Willian, one shot in 12 games. I’m like, ‘Hold on put [Joe] Willock out there’. We’ve got [Gabriel] Martinelli back in there. You’ve got other options.”
Arsenal will back Arteta
Meanwhile, Arsenal chiefs will back manager Mikel Arteta in the January transfer window in a bid to ensure the club can steer clear of a relegation battle, according to a report.
The Gunners have made their worst start to a season in 46 years, sitting 15th in the Premier League. Indeed, they have only garnered 14 points from 14 matches.
As such, Arteta has fielded a plethora of questions over his future, despite only recently taking the Emirates job.
But while he has said that he does not fear the sack, he has admitted that he can understand the mounting pressure.
According to the Daily Mail, however, Arsenal plan to ‘unequivocally’ back Arteta in the upcoming window in a bid to turn the club’s fortunes around.