Ex-Arsenal man Alan Smith questions transfer policy. Sees costly error

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has accused Arsene Wenger of being too cautious in his approach to bringing players to the Premier League club.

Arsene Wenger has seen his transfer policy questioned on a regular basis down the years.

Ever since Arsenal moved from Highbury to Emirates Stadium, a cautious approach has been taken in the pursuit of fresh faces

The purse strings have been loosened on occasion, with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez acquired in big-money deals, but that has been the exception rather than the norm.

The pair of talented playmakers have also highlighted the emphasis being placed on attacking talent, with England striker Danny Welbeck another snapped up over the summer.

Many Arsenal supporters and critics feel strengthening in key areas has been ignored, with the Gunners still crying out for a holding midfielder and a world-class centre-half.

They will get the opportunity to dip into the market again in January, and former forward Alan Smith has called on Wenger to be more decisive in transfer matters.

He believes many of Arsenal’s problems are of their own making, with a failure to add depth to the ranks forcing the north London outfit to field a makeshift back four against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Smith told Sky Sports: “They knew (Laurent) Koscielny had a problem with his Achilles, that has flared up several times already.

“They knew (Thomas) Vermaelen was leaving. So why haven't they brought someone in? I think the recruitment is something they need to look at because they are not decisive enough. Arsene tends to change his mind a lot.”

Wenger was able to bring in Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers over the summer, but they helped to cover the loss of others – with Vermaelen heading for Barcelona and Bacary Sagna linking up with Manchester City as a free agent.

You get the feeling that moves will be made in the New Year, despite Wenger’s initial reluctance to commit to chasing top targets.

He appears to have finally acknowledged that fresh faces are required and the pressure being put on him from the stands should mean that the Gunners look to strike early when the window re-opens.

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