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Wenger sacking calls 'ridiculous' - Keown

Wenger sacking calls 'ridiculous' - Keown

Martin Keown has branded calls for Arsene Wenger's dismissal at Arsenal as 'ridiculous'.

The former Gunner, part of both of Wenger's double winning teams, believes there will be a change in personnel at the Emirates Stadium this summer, but that will come on the playing side of things.

Speaking at the Home International Final of the 2011 Tesco Cup, the UK's biggest grassroots football competition, which took place at St Andrews' stadium in Birmingham, the ex-defender backed the manager to bounce back after a sixth consecutive season without silverware.

Keown, capped 43 times by England, has also reiterated Wenger's view on Jack Wilshere playing for the England Under-21 squad at this summer's European Championships in Denmark. The 19-year old, who has 4 caps with the senior squad, wanted to take part in the competition, very much against his manager's wishes, before withdrawing. Wenger believes he's in need of a rest in order to be in peak physical condition for next season, a view which his former stalwart defender very much agrees with.

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Date:Tuesday May 24 2011
Time: 5:20PM


I agree with Keown. Something I find interesting is that before the Fulham game he was saying the same old stuff- we'll buy if we can improve, can't afford £50m on a player, blah blah blah. After the match he alluded to spending some serious money before the FFP regs come into being. He was probably going to anyway but always keeps transfer talk to a minimum to keep prices down so I have to assume he has heard the rumblings amongst a section of the fan base and decided to 'go public' to appease them. Optics. Or maybe he heard the 'spend some fekkin money' chants at Fulham and realized that supporters understandably want to see the season ticket increase spent on the squad. I think if we sell Cesc and replace him with Arteta there will be backlash, but if we sell him and replace him with Kaka everybody will be happy. As so many have said elsewhere, this is a make or break summer for AW, and I have full confidence in him that he will do what is necessary. He has already built the foundation of a team that can dominate for a decade; a couple of key, established player additions will mean that domination starts next season. He makes sense about Wilshere too. In hindsight, would Theo have done double-duty if he knew it would lead to burnout/injury, a poor season and not getting selected for the world cup? Theo might not have made a difference in South Africa, but even Capello admits he made a mistake and that a Roomba™ robotic vacuum cleaner would have been more effective on the right than Aaron Lennon was in that tournament.
24/05/2011 22:13:00
0 < is there a better portrayal of Arsenal's plastic, middle class support than that, hahaha. Soft fans, soft team!
25/05/2011 01:56:00
I really hope so Elbondo, he is certainly saying the right things but then he always does. I saw this comment on Goonerholic: Now many of the Irish pundits can be very poor and withering – but there are one or two who I’d be inclined to rate such as Brady, Giles and Houghton. Houghton said something at the weekend when he was commenting on the Fulham game which caught my ear, he said from what he’s heard, the club are about to sign 2 players in quick succession and that each will break the club transfer record.
25/05/2011 09:00:00
Jackstain your dead granddad must be spinning in his grave at the cowardly braying little troll no life his grandson has become. Classless little w*nkkker.
25/05/2011 11:00:00
I'd rather have Arteta than Kaka. Kaka hasn't done anything for the last 2 years, whereas Arteta has proven he can take the knocks the premier league. That's not to say I want him to replace Cesc, just that Kaka has gone. Brazil's Michael Owen
25/05/2011 11:16:00
Totally with you ted kaka is another soft lad, he'd never survive in the prem let alone better his game and thrive.
25/05/2011 11:21:00
Why are people talking about Arteta? Any specific reason?
25/05/2011 11:36:00
Evra, he really does hate us doesn't he? What a c*'t,17033,14018_6951120,00.html
25/05/2011 11:43:00
So after spending all last summer ensuring every player was gobbing off & disrespecting our club & captain and generally behaving in an appalling brattish manner, yet we show how to behave with dignity & class by letting Barca train at Colney
25/05/2011 12:15:00
Bet our classy offer does nothing to deter Barca from their classless behaviour.
25/05/2011 12:40:00
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