'Why did they wait until transfer deadline day to bid for Luiz?': Gary Neville questions why Arsenal left midfielder hunt so late in the window... but Jamie Carragher praises the club's 'brave' business in recent summers

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'Why did they wait until transfer deadline day to bid for Luiz?': Gary Neville questions why Arsenal left midfielder hunt so late in the window... but Jamie Carragher praises the club's 'brave' business in recent summers

  • Arsenal had three bids rejected for Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz on deadline day
  • Gary Neville says the Gunners were keen to sign a midfielder three weeks before
  • The Sky pundit believes Mikel Arteta should have acted quicker in the market
  • However, Jamie Carragher says he 'really likes' Arsenal's youthful transfer policy
  • The north London side have not signed a player over the age of 25 for two years 

Gary Neville has questioned why Arsenal left it until transfer deadline day to try to bolster their midfield as he believes they are light in that area of the squad. 

The Gunners were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to sign a midfielder in the final hours of the window as they had three bids rejected for Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz, the last being £25million plus add-ons. 

22-year-old Fabio Vieira was signed from Porto at the start of the summer but injury prevented him from making his debut before coming on as a substitute in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.  

Arsenal had three bids rejected for Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz on transfer deadline day

Arsenal had three bids rejected for Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz on transfer deadline day

Arsenal had three bids rejected for Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz on transfer deadline day

Appearing on , Neville said: 'We asked Mikel Arteta on the first game of the season, we said to him "are you going to do any more business?". 

'He said he did, in midfield. Why did they wait until transfer deadline day to bid for Luiz? Why did they wait that three, four weeks?

'I thought midfield yesterday [against Manchester United] was the one area where United looked like they had more, at times, passing through the lines. 

'I know that Arsenal did really well in midfield, but when there was a moment to open up the game - I know Odegaard can do that - I felt they did lack a midfield player.'

Gary Neville has questioned why the Gunners left it so late to try to bolster their midfield

Gary Neville has questioned why the Gunners left it so late to try to bolster their midfield

Mikel Arteta has guided his young squad to top of the Premier League table after six matches

Mikel Arteta has guided his young squad to top of the Premier League table after six matches

However, his fellow pundit Jamie Carragher praised Arsenal's recent transfer business, describing it as 'brave' to sign certain players who other clubs might have avoided.   

'I really like what's happened for the last two summers at Arsenal,' Carragher said. There's been a plan in terms of going for younger players. I think you made the mistake of getting Willian, Cedric, David Luiz. 

'But I actually think the players that you've brought in have been really brave. No one else really would have taken them. The position that Arsenal found themselves in, they couldn't go and get Champions League players. So they're almost having to build this young team. 

Jamie Carragher praised Arsenal's recent transfer business, describing it as 'brave'

Jamie Carragher praised Arsenal's recent transfer business, describing it as 'brave'

Ben White and Martin Odegaard typify how the club have targeted youth in the last two years

Ben White and Martin Odegaard typify how the club have targeted youth in the last two years

'I can't look at many of the transfers over the last couple of years and think "oh that's been a disaster". Everyone looks a good player. Odegaard coming in, Ben White was a lot of money, Saliba is back in, Zinchenko, Jesus. Martinelli for really pittance.'

None of Arsenal's six signings last summer were over the age of 23, while only Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko (both still only 25) have been older than that this year. 

It means that Mikel Arteta's squad is the youngest in the Premier League, but that has not hindered them so far this season as they currently sit top of the table with 15 points from a possible 18.  

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