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Tony Adams questions two Arsenal signings and criticises “very average” display against Leeds United

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Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has criticised Arsenal’s display last night, also questioning whether the club should have signed Willian and Nicolas Pepe.

Gunners played a goalless draw with Leeds United, while Pepe was shown a red card for a headbutt at the start of the second half.

Adams has considered his former side’s performance “very average” and after the game told Stadium Astro: “The Leeds recruitment over the next couple of years is going to be so important, and it’s the same for Arsenal.

“Bringing Partey in is an amazing recruitment. I think Arteta is doing a fantastic job, but I question recruitment and Willian, Pepe… did we need them?

“Do we fill up the wrong areas? Do we need a right-back?

“I think Gabriel is another inclusion who has been brilliant. I question letting Martinez go instead of Leno – although Leno by the way pulled off a fantastic save to his top right corner, so maybe he made me eat my words a little bit. I think recruitment is so important.”

Then he added: “We really missed Partey. That performance against Manchester United, and in particular having the quality and stature of Partey in that central midfield area, it just kind of gave other players license to go and play.

“We didn’t have that [against Leeds]. We looked very average.

“It was like an in-between performance between Aston Villa, where we got destroyed on the full-backs and Hector Bellerin in particular, and then the Man United game where we did amazing. So we’re inconsistent.”

Source: Metro UK

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