Tony Adams slams Arsenal chiefs for destroying club's recruitment

‘It took 40 years to build, got the best players around the world and it’s just been blown up’: Arsenal legend Tony Adams slams club chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi for being ‘out of their depth’ and destroying recruitment network

  • Tony Adams credits Steve Rowley with building great Arsenal scouting network 
  • And club legend believes that it has been ruined by Edu and Raul Sanllehi
  • He accused them of being out of their depth and acting against club’s DNA 

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has branded club chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi ‘out of their depth’ and accused them of ‘blowing up’ the carefully crafted recruitment network. 

Sanllehi is is head of football and Edu is technical director for the Gunners and Adams launched a scathing attack on both men. 

He told TalkSport: ‘My fundamental issue is with recruitment. I think the club is going through such a recruitment issue at the moment – it’s not relying on agents.

Tony Adams has slammed Edu and Raul Sanllehi for destroying the club’s scouting network

Edu (right) became the club’s first technical director and Sanllehi (left) is head of football

‘That’s not the way to go; It’s not arsenal DNA i’m afraid. I don’t like it. I’ve got to say it publicly.

‘It took Steve Rowley 40 years to build that scouting network; it did brilliantly, got the best players from around the world. And it’s just been blown up.’

Edu is the club’s first ever technical director and took up the position last summer while Sanllehi arrived from Barcelona in 2018.  

Adams continued: ‘Edu, I love him, he’s a beautiful man, it’s not personal, but he has no experience of building European squads.

‘Even Raul Sanllehi, came from Barcelona, all the money in the world, it don’t look like he’s going to get money.

‘Those people are out of their depth, I’m sorry. They need to build a fantastic squad that challenges for the league and it hurts.’

Arsenal are currently ninth in the Premier League and facing a battle for a place in the Europa League places. 

The recruitment team has a significant job on their hands with Mikel Arteta looking to rebuild the squad into a competitive force again this summer. 

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