Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Martin Keown interview - Squad is to blame

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



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

Writer:Lee
Date:Thursday May 12 2011
Time: 2:13PM

Comments

0
"thinks the players have let the manager and fans down" - preach it
shewore
12/05/2011 14:16:00
0
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
12/05/2011 14:47:00
0
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.
12/05/2011 15:46:00
0
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
12/05/2011 16:06:00
0
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.
12/05/2011 16:20:00
0
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
12/05/2011 17:37:00
0
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
12/05/2011 19:06:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Wenger On Leicester's 'Romantic' Story

Gunners boss talks this week's big game

We Can't Rely On A Leicester Slip-Up

Arsenal boss on weekend's crucial fixture

Cazorla Just A Few Weeks Away From Comeback

Arsenal managers gives injury update

The Arsenal Walking Wounded - Injury List

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Profile
ClockEnd124
Profile
Amos
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM vs Cech
Suggested By:
Cech8%
Petr Cech92%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 12:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 12:45PM : Hull City (H)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 2:05PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 7:45PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 12:45PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 5:30PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Naijagunner12
2.Amos.9
3.Galway Gooner5
4.Afcdc4
5.Riversider1
6.Catcatcher 1
7.Wyn Mills1
8.princeoflove9091
9.phreddy1
10.Joe_@**1