Dietmar Hamann: Arsenal signings haven’t been the same since legend left

Arsenal's scouting hasn't been the same since club legend Liam Brady left the Gunners in 2014, according to Dietmar Hamann

Arsene Wenger chats with Granit Xhaka Photo: The Sport Review

Dietmar Hamann has suggested that Liam Brady’s exit at Arsenal has impact their standard of signings over the past couple of seasons.

The Gunners have been criticised for a below-par performances throughout the 2016-17 campaign in the Champions League and the Premier League.

Wenger signed Switzerland international Granit Xhaka in a £33m deal at the start of the summer, before the Arsenal boss signed Lucas Perez in a £17m deal from La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna.

Perez and Xhaka have struggled to make an impact on the Arsenal side this term, although the Spanish forward has found his first-team opportunities limited in the 2016-17 campaign.

The Arsenal manager’s best signing of the 2016 summer transfer window has been Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, who has effortlessly slotted into the defence alongside Laurent Koscielny.

Former Liverpool and Newcastle midfielder Hamann pointed out that Arsenal’s signings have been substandard since Brady left the north London club in 2014.

“The goalkeeper and defence need help, the jury is still out on Granit Xhaka in midfield, and then you need to ask if they’ve got enough firepower going forward,” Hamann wrote in Paddy Power’s blog.

“Who have they got beside Alexis Sanchez to score goals?

“Every department at the club needs an overhaul, especially their scouting because it hasn’t been the same since Liam Brady left the club three years ago.

“No stone should be left unturned in terms of player recruitment. The whole system needs a review, starting with the manager Arsene Wenger and working its way down.”

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