UK time is: 06:01:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Martin Keown interview - Squad is to blame

In an exclusive interview with footballaudio.com, former Arsenal stalwart Martin Keown claims Arsene Wenger 'over-estimated' his squad's ability this season, which has resulted in a sixth consecutive season without silverware.

Keown, who also won 43 caps for England and was part of both double winning sides Wenger has put together, believes it's been a massive opportunity the Gunners have missed with the league season so open, and thinks the players have let the manager and fans down.

Having lost the League Cup Final back in February, Arsenal then found themselves out of the Champions League and FA Cup in the following weeks, whilst their title challenge faltered at key times.

Meanwhile we hear Keown's views on new owner Stan Kroenke, who Keown believes could be the perfect partner for Wenger in the transfer market.

To listen to the interview CLICK HERE




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Lee Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 12 2011

Time: 2:13PM

Your Comments

"thinks the players have let the manager and fans down" - preach it
shewore
Err, if Arsene Wenger overestimated the same set of players for 4 seasons in a row, then maybe we need someone who doesn't make that same mistake again.
Sajit
So Wenger overestimated what the current squad could do but with all the players back and available they could do better next season. Glad he cleared that up for us then.
Amos.
Could. Should. Would. Wenger has to take some of the criticism. He's the manager after all. He trains with all his players every week. He chooses the team. He revelled enough in the plaudits when they came his way. Now he needs to stand up and face his limitations. Seems to me people are already making excuses for him.
Wyn Mills
I think Wenger has to take all the criticism not some of it. Ultimately he's responsible for the players at his disposal and their performances as a team. But that's no reason not to consider what influences and restrictions there might be on the decisions he makes and whether they're fair and reasonable ones in the circumstances - even if they are wrong. That's not the same as making excuses. He'll always get plenty of decisions wrong as they all do but there aren't any guarantees many others would get them more right as consistently while using the same resources.
Amos.
Good interview. I think this blog article raises a debate we should all be thinking about: http://www.7amkickoff.com/2011/has-arsene-always-been-like-this/ . That blogger is not a "Wenger out" partisan in the least, by the way.
jaelle
If this season was a one off, an isolated incident then I would be more prepared to blame the players, unfortunately I think Wenger is to blame here 100%. If the same players keep cocking up and letting him down then why are they still here, why hasn't he changed something? If he has restrictions which don't allow him to work properly then we are back to square one of the argument and the club shouldn't be marketing itself as a super club or charging premium ticket prices. Either way you look at it there has been a failure of imagination, action and the reality of this situation has been totally misjudged.The annual collapse is so frequent now that everyone expects it. It's not all doom and gloom but you have ask yourself why the entire club couldn't see what the fans saw coming a mile off?
Professor Calculus
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Match Discussion - Hull City (a) (Friday April 18 2014)

So it's OK to dive sometimes? (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Match Discussion - West Ham (h) (Monday April 14 2014)

It's Hull City In The Final (Sunday April 13 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Arsenal Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Amos. 81
2. Naijagunner 51
3. Rocky7 39
4. paul_ownz 39
5. Galway Gooner 38
6. shewore 26
7. Merlion96 19
8. Nwankwo25 15
9. Joe_@** 13
10. Guyfox 11

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham
Everton 3 - 0 Arsenal
Arsenal 1 - 1 Man City
Arsenal 2 - 2 Swansea
Chelsea 6 - 0 Arsenal
Spurs 0 - 1 Arsenal

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 34 24 5 5 51 77
2. Chelsea 34 23 6 5 42 75
3. Man City 33 22 5 6 54 71
4. Arsenal 34 20 7 7 18 67
5. Everton 34 19 9 6 21 66
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 18 57

Breaking League News

Ole Looking For Back To Back Victories
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 22:35:00
Gunnarsson Has Full Support amp; Trust
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 22:22:00
Do Villa Need Another Point To Be Safe?
Aston Villa : 18/04/2014 21:19:00
Team News v West Ham
Crystal Palace : 18/04/2014 20:00:00
Vital Preview: Norwich City vs. Liverpool
Liverpool : 18/04/2014 18:49:00
Vital Preview: Cardiff v Stoke
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 18:04:00
Injury Update: Defender In, Defender Out
Arsenal : 18/04/2014 17:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM in the semi final
Suggested By:  
Super Fab 48%
Sagna 3%
BFG 2%
Vermaelen 0%
Monreal 1%
Arteta 15%
The Ox 15%
Cazorla 0%
Podolski 1%
Rambo 1%
Sanogo 7%
Gibbs 3%
Kallstrom 3%
Giroud 1%