By Kevin Campbell

22nd Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

'We have a Massive Problem' - Exclusive: Campbell reacts to £52.4m Arsenal reveal

Kevin Campbell has slated the recruitment set-up at Arsenal after the club’s Under-23s lined up with a defence costing £52.4million. 

The former Gunners striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs said the incomings at the Emirates over the past 10 years have been “rancid” and pose a “massive problem” to current manager Mikel Arteta.

William Saliba (£27m), Calum Chambers (£18.2m), and Pablo Mari (£7.2m) all started for the Under-23s on Friday as they beat Leicester City 2-1.

Not one of the three big money signings has featured in the Premier League this season despite Mikel Arteta’s side’s languishing in 15th place.

In comparison, the defence which lined up for Arsenal’s first team against Everton on Saturday cost a combined total of just over £35million. (transfermarkt)

When asked by Football Insider if the price of the reserve team’s defence highlights the club’s recruitment failures, Campbell said: “Yeah it really does.

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“Recruitment for the last 10 years has been rancid, it’s been really poor.

“If you sign people and it does not work out you should be able to move them on. But the players Arsenal have recruited, other people do not want.

“The players do not want to move because they are on great money and no club wants to take them. Opposition clubs only want to take them if it is for nothing. That tells you something wrong with the recruitment.

“This is a problem Mikel Arteta has inherited. When you have had issues like that for 10 years, as a manager, you need to move and shake. But Arteta cannot even move and shake because players do not want to leave. We have a massive problem.”   

In other news, it can be REVEALED that an Arsenal defender has opened talks with the club over a new long-term deal.