September 27, 2022

talkSPORT host Martin Keown has defined what Arsenal have to do if they’re problem on the high of the Premier League subsequent season.

The Gunners legend has recognized plenty of key areas to strengthen as his outdated membership gear up for a busy summer season switch window.


Arsenal misplaced to Newcastle which all however ended their Champions League soccer probabilities

Arsenal want a miracle on the ultimate day of the marketing campaign if they’re to leapfrog rivals Tottenham and safe a spot within the Champions League.

Ought to Spurs endure defeat away in opposition to Norwich at Carrow Street, and the Gunners defeat Everton at residence, they might end within the high 4.

“I at all times felt that Spurs had been going to pip Arsenal from someday in the past when taking a look at their fixtures”, Keown instructed talkSPORT.

“I do know there was progress from an Arsenal standpoint, having completed eighth the final two seasons.

“Now ending fifth, it has been disappointing, however that very same strain might be their at first of subsequent season. Arteta might be given time to get his crew proper, there’s a want to maintain him within the place – he has simply signed a brand new three-year contract.

“It’s time for him to get the gamers through which can assist him in these robust conditions in opposition to the likes of Newcastle, for instance.”

Arteta will have time to shape his squad says Keown


Arteta could have time to form his squad says Keown

Keown believes Arsenal are in determined want for strikers, with Alexandre Lacazette set to go away on a free switch following the expiry of his contract.

“As a defender, I used to be speaking about Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka the opposite day, these guys provide you with perception which you can win video games.

“We [defenders] throw ourselves in entrance of balls to black issues, as a result of finally, they [strikers] are going to get the possibility to win us the sport.

“[Eddie] Nketiah has carried out an incredible job, however we all know he’s a second-string striker, not an A-liner.”

Nketiah is not a first-choice striker says the Arsenal legend


Nketiah is just not a first-choice striker says the Arsenal legend

The ex-Arsenal defender additionally suggests expertise is required to assist the youthful gamers on the membership.

“If we return to Arsene Wenger when he sat down when leaving, he mentioned he needed mature gamers, 28 to 29-year-old’s.

“Arsenal have had the teenager crew within the Premier League this season, I like the place they’re going, however they should fill it with expertise.

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“I can see issues after I take a look at the crew. Folks will say you might have by no means managed, however I’ve been in profitable groups. Tactically, I noticed points in opposition to Newcastle about being too deep, and gamers appearing as people.

Keown says the Gunners should not rely on Xhaka


Keown says the Gunners mustn’t depend on Xhaka

“[Takehiro] Tomiyasu was uncovered, with no one supporting him in entrance. It at all times appears to be the kids which are carrying the membership, it’s a very younger group, and the plain factor is to pack the crew with some expertise.

“I presume that’s what will occur this summer season, however fifth place us an enormous disappointment for me as an Arsenal fan.

“The center is the place the membership must strengthen, I believe with [Granit] Xhaka, it’s time for change, I’m not saying do away with him utterly. I simply really feel if he’s approaching and making a contribution in midfield, then he must get higher and develop.

“[Thomas] Partey has been injured for lengthy intervals of the season, and [Albert Sambi] Lokonga has been deemed to be not fairly adequate.

“Mohamed Elneny, is he the reply? So the midfield, that engine room is a key space which must be higher.”

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