Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s transfer window after Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares signings

Arsenal signed Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares during the January transfer window (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas believes Mikel Arteta is paying the price for Arsenal’s poor spending in previous windows after the Gunners’ subdued activity this January.

Arsenal left it late before bolstering Arteta’s squad with loan signings Pablo Mari, who arrived from Flamengo, and Cedric Soares, who joins from Premier League rivals Southampton.

The Gunners were linked with the likes of John Stones, Thomas Lemar and James Maddison during the January transfer window and Nicholas says to only sign Mari and Cedric is a ‘reality check’ for his former club.

Asked to assess Arsenal’s transfer window, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘It’s not exactly Hollywood… but Arsenal spent the wrong way for the last two or three seasons.

‘Now we’re getting a punishment for it.

‘At least Arteta has identified that the big problem we’ve all known for three or four years is defenders.

‘It’s not a great window for Arsenal but it’s a reality check.’

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Arsenal signed centre back Mari from Flamengo on Thursday and completed a deadline-day move for Euro 2016 winner Cedric.

Explaining why he targeted the defensive duo, Gunners boss Arteta said: ‘For me, Pablo is very important because he balances what I want to do from the back, he gives us more options, more solutions and opens up the pitch more.

‘He is a player we have been following for a few months and we are delighted to have him here.’

On Cedric, Arteta added: ‘He is a player who has big experience, he’s played in this country and in different leagues.

‘He knows what it means. He has been very willing to go to another top club. He has that desire and that commitment.

‘I followed him a few seasons ago and I really like what he can bring and it was the right conditions for us as well to try and improve the squad.’

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