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Arsenal scouts ‘were sleeping’ to let West Ham snap up bargain buy Tomas Soucek so easily, says ex-Chelsea star Sutton


Feb 23, 2021

 ARSENAL scouts ‘were sleeping’ when they missed out to West Ham on midfielder Tomas Soucek, according to ex-Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.

The Czech joined the Hammers at the start of the 2020-21 campaign and has proven to be one of the signings of the season.

Soucek has been one of West Ham's star players so far this season


Soucek has been one of West Ham’s star players so far this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

In 25 Premier League appearances so far this season the £19.1million Soucek has scored eight times, making him West Ham’s top scorer in all competitions.

And Sutton believes Arsenal could seriously have done with Soucek at their club, but failed to locate him before David Moyes’ side.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, he said: “Would Arsenal fans like Soucek in their midfield, right now? Of course they would.

David Moyes and West Ham had a better eye than every other Premier League club – and the Arsenal’s scouts were sleeping, that’s a fact.”

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta continues to struggle to find a consistent central midfield set-up for the Gunners.

Summer signing Thomas Partey is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

And there are also question marks among Arsenal fans when it comes to Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny.


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Then in the more attacking midfield roles Willian has not yet found his form at the Emirates.

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And January loanee Martin Odegaard looked off the pace when he started in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend.

Arsenal currently sit tenth in the Premier League table, 12 points off West Ham in fourth.

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