Former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams has criticised Per Mertesacker after the Gunners were defeated 2-1 at home by Brighton on Thursday.

Adams is not happy over Mertesacker’s decision to join Freddie Ljungberg’s coaching staff following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

Mertesacker, who made 221 appearances for Arsenal as a player, was appointed the club’s academy manager last year.

However, following Emery’s sacking last week, the 35-year-old moved across to help interim boss Ljungberg in first-team training and matches.

Adams pointed out that Mertesacker’s role is too crucial to give up, even if it is only on a temporary basis.

“Per Mertesacker is the academy director. The club have taken him out of his role,” Adams told Premier League Productions.

“He’s got to do the recruitment for the future of the club. We’ve got to produce players.

“That’s more important than what’s going on today on that football pitch.

“You need to build the future of Arsenal Football Club, Per Mertesacker.

“That’s what he’s got to do, concentrate on that. Go and find the players, go and sort that out.

“You can’t take him out. What’s the academy doing at the moment?

“How long does this continue, did it [Mertesacker moving across to assist Ljungberg] really effect it? I think I’ve made my point.”



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