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          Alan Shearer identifies the ‘biggest issue’ for Arsenal’s next manager      

Alan Shearer thinks recruitment remains Arsenal’s ‘biggest issue’ (Picture: Getty) Alan Shearer believes Arsenal will continue to have the same problems on the pitch unless recruitment significantly improves under the club’s next manager. Unai Emery was dismissed after a miserable start to the campaign in which Arsenal managed just four league wins and Freddie Ljungberg is acting as caretaker boss for the time being. Ljungberg took charge for the first time at Norwich on Sunday and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who wore the captain’s armband, once again got the Gunners out of trouble with his second brace of the season to salvage a 2-2 draw. Many of the mistakes made under Emery were repeated at Carrow Road and it’s clear whoever is brought in as the Spaniard’s long-term successor has a daunting task ahead of them in attempting to restore Arsenal to their former glory. {"@context":"https:\/\/schema.org","@type":"VideoObject","name":"Metro.co.uk","duration":"T5M6S","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/i.dailymail.co.uk\/1s\/2019\/12\/02\/06\/21697750-0-image-a-7_1575269068550.jpg","uploadDate":"2019-12-02T06:38:12+0000","description":"Arsenal's Interim Manager Freddie Ljungberg's post match press conference, after their 2-2 draw against endangered Premier League side Norwich.","contentUrl":"https:\/\/videos.metro.co.uk\/video\/met\/2019\/12\/02\/3239066265757725427\/640x360_MP4_3239066265757725427.mp4","height":360,"width":640} To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Premier League legend Shearer claims Arsenal’s recruitment policy remains the ‘biggest issue’, with several of the club’s recent signings failing to live up to expectations. ‘Before Arsenal have any chance of improving they have to sort themselves out behind the scenes,’ the former England and Newcastle legend said in his column for The Sun. ‘If they don’t, we will still be talking about the same issues on the pitch for the next two or three years as we have the last few. ‘If nothing changes, it really wouldn’t surprise me if things get worse at the Emirates before they get better. ‘The biggest issue, and it’s been a problem for years now, is recruitment. Just who is bringing the players into the club? If it’s not the manager, then who is accountable? The 12 signings made under Unai Emery's reign Matteo Guendouzi – £7m from Lorient in 2018 Bernd Leno – £19.2m from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 Lucas Torreira – £26m from Sampdoria in 2018 Sokratis Papastathopoulos – £17.6m from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 Stephan Lichtsteiner – free transfer in 2018 Denis Suarez – loan from Barcelona in 2018 Gabriel Martinelli – £6m from Ituano in 2019 Kieran Tierney – £25m from Celtic in 2019 Dani Ceballos – loan from Real Madrid in 2019 Nicolas Pepe – £72m from Lille in 2019 David Luiz – £8m from Chelsea in 2019 William Saliba – £27m from Saint-Etienne in 2019 He added: ‘Unai Emery lost his job because they have deteriorated, with the club in no better a position than when he took over at the start of last season. ‘Managers know they will pay the price if results are not good, but someone behind the scenes has to be held responsible for the signings. ‘And in recent years they have simply not been good enough. ‘You only need to look at Manchester United to see how big a challenge it was for Emery from the outset.’ {"@context":"https:\/\/schema.org","@type":"VideoObject","name":"Metro.co.uk","duration":"T1M11S","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/i.dailymail.co.uk\/1s\/2019\/11\/29\/11\/21614854-0-image-a-34_1575027751177.jpg","uploadDate":"2019-11-29T11:34:20+0000","description":"A bad morning for Unai Emery after getting sacked as Arsenal boss, but it's never been a bad ebening.","contentUrl":"https:\/\/videos.metro.co.uk\/video\/met\/2019\/11\/29\/3238524024035718661\/640x360_MP4_3238524024035718661.mp4","height":360,"width":640} To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Tony Adams has also been an outspoken critic of Arsenal’s recruitment policy and has argued that the current squad lacks the ‘characters’ to compete with the best. ‘The recruitment has been very poor for some years now,’ the ex-Arsenal captain told Sky Sports last month. ‘You have got to have characters in there. There aren’t any in the squad. ‘I don’t think those players go out on the pitch and believe they will keep a clean sheet and it is infectious.’ MORE: Solskjaer told Jack Grealish is ‘needed’ to replace ‘ordinary’ Manchester United players


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