Jamie Carragher sends transfer message to Arsenal and Unai Emery after January window closes

first_img SPONSORED PLAY Full Screen Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal need to invest heavily this summer and bolster Unai Emery’s squad with multiple defensive signings, according to Jamie Carragher.Denis Suarez was Arsenal’s one and only January signing, with the Barcelona midfielder joining the Gunners on loan until the end of the season.Emery wanted at least one more player to arrive through the doors at the Emirates but his plans were impeded by the fact Arsenal were only able to complete loan deals.Liverpool legend Carragher says Arsenal need a ‘big summer window’ after a quiet January, with the club’s current defenders not up to scratch.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Ad Skip 1/1 Comment Denis Suarez joined the Gunners on loan (Picture: Getty) Who are Arsenal’s transfer targets?To 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 0:59FullscreenWho are Arsenal’s transfer targets?https://metro.co.uk/video/who-arsenals-transfer-targets-1833622/This 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. 1 min. story Read More Read More Read More Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘They did spend decent money on Shkodran Mustafi a couple of years ago but it hasn’t really worked out.‘The defenders they signed in the summer are not good enough for Arsenal and that’s why they continue to have problems defensively and will do until that changes.‘They have a fantastic strikeforce but in the summer they greatly need defensive reinforcements.’On Suarez’s arrival from Spain, Carragher said: ‘Unai Emery knows him well from their time together at Sevilla and it will be interesting to see where he does use him.‘At times he has used Alex Iwobi in that wide position or in a No 10 when he changes the system. It might be that position that he looks at.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves by Metro Read Morecenter_img Read More Advertisement Coming Next Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Feb 2019 3:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link406Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Jamie Carragher sends transfer message to Arsenal and Unai Emery after January window closes More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘It hasn’t been a great window for Arsenal but Emery was quite transparent when he said they could only get loans.‘I think the summer is when they will have to really invest. It’s touch-and-go whether they make top four and that will have an impact on what happens in the summer. Arsenal need a big summer window.‘If you are looking at the defence you have to go back 12 months when Arsene Wenger was still there and there was a lot of money spent.‘They lost Alexis Sanchez and got Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they were crying out for a centre-back. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings / Advertisement Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539last_img read more

UCL Wednesday Preview: Barca begin title defence, Chelsea seek good start

first_imgFC Barcelona’s quest to become the first team to successfully retain the UEFA Champions League begins today when they travel to the Italian capital to take Serie A runners-up and current league leaders, AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.The contest will be Barcelona’s first match in Group F this season, and in many respects, it promises to be the toughest test of the group stage, particularly given the departures of some key names from second seeds, Bayer Leverkusen.Last season, AS Roma were drawn into the “Group of Death” and were eventually knocked out on the final matchday by Bayern Munich and Manchester City, both of whom fell victim to the Blaugrana juggernaut in later rounds.Their campaign was filled with ups and downs, but served as valuable experience nonetheless and it’s hard to envisage them not making a better go of it this time round.For Luis Enrique, this will mark his first visit back to the Stadio Olimpico since his spell in charge in the Italian capital – and with the tabloids suggesting that he earmarked the Blaugrana as favourites for this year’s title, he’s under pressure to deliver a positive result. Now it’s up to the players to help him back it all up and get our UCL season off to a strong start.After the month from hell, let alone the past week, perhaps a change of scenery will do Chelsea some good. The Premier League champions can forget about their domestic woes for 90 minutes on Wednesday as they welcome Maccabi Tel-Aviv to Stamford Bridge to open their Champions League account.Sitting just above the Premier League’s relegation zone with a mere four points to their name from five games, Jose Mourinho has come in for some criticism this week.While most would expect Chelsea to make short work of the Israeli champions, that is possibly what most of their opponents in the qualifying rounds thought, and it did not quite turn out that way. Slavisa Jokanovic, formerly of Chelsea, oversaw wins over Hibernians, the Czechs of Viktoria Plzen and then, most impressively, the Swiss side Basel, to reach the group stages for the first time in 11 years.José Mourinho, whose European campaign ended so disappointingly with the exit to PSG six months ago, is without a number of regulars and knows the morale-boosting victory he needs to take into Saturday’s league meeting with Arsenal cannot be taken for granted. Bayern Munich hope to avoid tragedy by winning their opening Champions League group game for a 12th successive season when they face Olympiakos in Piraeus.The 25-time German champions have reached the last four of Europe’s elite competition four times in a row and once again that has to be the minimum target for this star-studded squad –especially after the boost of big-money summer acquisitions Arturo Vidal (€37 million) and Douglas Costa (€30m). But Pep Guardiola’s charges will have to improve on some decidedly average away form against the Greek champions.Bayern haven’t won away in the Champions League for four games spanning almost 11 months with their last victory coming in October 2014, albeit a memorable 7-1 romp in Rome. Compare that to the Greek side’s impressive home record: they have six straight CL wins in the raucous Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. In typical fashion, skipper Philipp Lahm warned his side not to take Olympiacos lightly. “With their fans’ backing they’ll throw everything at us but we’ll be on our guard and won’t underestimate [them].”Arsenal travel to Croatia to start their 2015-16 Champions League campaign versus a Dinamo Zagreb side that haven’t lost in 41 straight matches in all competitions. This isn’t the first time the Gunners have faced off versus The Blues. In 2006, the two sides were drawn against each other in a Champions League qualifier that saw Arsenal through to the group stages, and also exposed Arsene Wenger to a Brazilian-born Croatian forward for that Zagreb side that he would purchase a year later: Eduardo da Silva (that team also had Luka Modric in it, as well).Gaining a point under the night sky in Zagreb, in front of their Bad Blue Boys, will be a commendable result for Arsenal, especially since it’s widely-expected Bayern Munich will walk away with three points in Athens, versus Olympiacos. However, given the amount of chances they’ve created so far in the early start to the league season, there are quite a few observers who’ll expect Arsenal to win all available points – regardless of Zagreb’s, and forward Angelo Henríquez’s (25 goals in the last 31 matches), form.Other fixtures:BAYER LEVERKUSEN vs BATE BORISOV DINAMO KIEV vs PORTOGENT vs OLYMPIQUE LYONNAISVALENCIA vs ZENITH ST. PETERSBURG–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more