Tony Adams explains why he was ‘very against’ Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe

first_img Arsenal 0 – 1 Aston Villa: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:37FullscreenArsenal 0 – 1 Aston Villa: Mikel Arteta post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta has the tough job on his hands of sorting out the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, whose contracts are both due to expire next summer.The Spaniard has made it clear he wants to keep top scorer Aubameyang at the club, while he has frozen Ozil out of the squad, with the German yet to feature since the restart.And Adams highlights the need for Arteta to have a solid working relationship with club technical director Edu to resolve the issues at hand.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe added: ‘There’s a hell of a relationship that needs to go on between the sports director – who incidentally has got no experience of building European club squads – and the coach. ‘There’s got to be a balance, the coach has got to say him, ‘I’m not going to use [Mesut] Ozil, there you go, get rid of him for us. ‘And then you cut your losses and say, ‘Ok what are you going to use? Do you need a central defender? What do you need Arteta?’MORE: Tony Adams surprisingly defends Mesut Ozil and questions Arsenal boss Mikel ArtetaMORE: Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career is over, claims Ian WrightFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pepe is still adapting to the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)Tony Adams says the £72 million Arsenal splurged on record signing Nicolas Pepe should have been spent in different areas as the Gunners already have plenty of young attacking talent in their ranks.The 25-year-old has struggled for consistency since making the mega-money switch from Lille to the Emirates last summer.Despite promising flashes, Pepe is yet to fully acclimatise to the pace of the Premier League and the intense style of football Mikel Arteta demands from his side.And Gunners legend Adams feels that with the emergence of the north London club’s bright youngsters, that money could have been used to strengthen other positions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAdams told Stadium Astro: ‘I was very against Pepe to be honest with you because we had [Bukayo] Saka coming through, we’ve got Eddie [Nketiah], Reiss Nelson, [Gabriel] Martinelli.‘We’ve got a lot of kids that need to play and to go and buy [Pepe for] £72m, I thought it could have been used in different areas.’ Advertisement Tony Adams explains why he was ‘very against’ Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jul 2020 9:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more