Martin Keown, a missed man…

Bearing in mind the news is filled with Terry v’s Bridge saga, Pompey going into administration and us going after a few more young starlets, I thought I would write about something different. I feel for Bridge though, what has he done wrong during all of this? Why is it him who has to lose out? Anyway, moving on………..

Yesterday I mentioned that Tony Adams had been the first guest on ‘An Audience With’ – a new online programme on AFC.Com, since then the channel has aired an interview with Martin Keown – so I thought I would write about a few of the views he expessed during the interview. Well some of them!

Keown, the man who so many times bossed the defence together with Big Tony, the man who I fondly remember reacting slightly, after a certain Manc we all know as Horsey, missed a penalty!

I remember that penalty miss and the aftermath – great wasn’t it? Just in case you have forgotten it…..

Sorry if this offends, but not everyone has access to

When asked about our chances in the Premier League, he highlights the massive losses to our arch rivals. He says it’s time for talking on the pitch. Everything he thinks is about the future and players need to be playing for that.
The fixtures favour us in his view, the only difficult one being Tottenham away, Hull and Stoke away are tricky, but the team needs to show different qualities to get results there.

I like this bit – he says something like, WE have been hamstrung for injuries at the top of the team’

I love the WE bit!

Often we all talk about Tony Adams being Mr Arsenal, but when you sit back and look at the commitment shown by Keown, the determination in his eyes when playing, the ‘you ain’t getting by me’ attitude – wouldn’t just love a defender like him in front of Almunia? I know I would!!

He is right of course, we have had more than our fair share of injuries, for most of the season we have had one, two, even three of the better players out at the same time. How do you replace Robin van Persie? How do you replace Arshavin? How do you replace Nikki and Theo? (I won’t answer that).

The answer is, you can’t!!

You get my gist; we have had more injuries than most have suffered, certainly more than the five or six clubs around us at the top!
Keown then goes on and on about the future, how we are looking for this, we are looking for that? Strange, did Arsenal get Martin Keown back to be involved in the club? Did that snippet of news pass me by? Did it pass you by?
Keown reckons the Champions League is our best chance of a trophy this season but doesn’t dismiss the league IF we win all our games!

He talks Stoke, how they have shrunk the pitch to the minimum size, how they throw in the towel before every thrown in and corner! What he then says is we just need to play football, do what we do best and Stoke won’t be able to match us. Conquer the fans he says and all will be ok.

Finally he says that Sol Campbell was a good re-signing……. He thinks we will beat Stoke..

Martin Keown, So do I on both accounts……..

For Stoke we should have Eduardo back, but still no Gallas, Diaby and Arshavin, still think we will beat them though, just!

Have a nice day guys and gals….


72 Responses to Martin Keown, a missed man…

  1. Erick says:

    Nice post Rico Keown reckons we can win the Champions league mmmmh do not get me wrong i believe on a good day we can make Barca look like Hull we would but the injuries are not helping

  2. rico says:

    Morning RSD, how much would you love a ‘Keown’ to be in the defence tomorrow…

    Just hope Sol plays and not Tweetie

  3. Erick says:

    Am back what did i miss yesterday RSD Mornin

  4. rico says:

    Morning Erick, we missed you yesterday, glad you can get on this morning..

  5. looks like inter is the team to beat erick
    or lyon?

  6. rico says:

    Thanks Erick – all three could be back for next saturday, the stoke game is massive for the boss, he needs to get his team right big time..

  7. rico says:

    RSD, can you see Inter knocking out the chavs now?

  8. Erick says:

    Thanks guyz missed the blog big time. Inter were not so convincing if the want to knock out Chavs they will have to be on top of their game Realmadrid will go through against Lyon

  9. easy
    no cech no ahole
    you said it rico “terry looks all over the place”
    with ivan the terrible next to him

    which 3 will be back?

    anyway nursery is shut so have to take the kids for the day so wont be here much try and catch up tonight

  10. Erick says:

    Rico am afraid so as you pointed out all our games are a must win a draw means we are out Wenger needs to field the strongest team possible

  11. rico says:

    I reckon they will too – and I want them too..

    Sol will play Erick and keep Fuller at bay.


    Eboue/Sagna TV Sol Clichy

    Nasri Song Cesc Rosicky

    Theo Nik

  12. Erick says:

    Cheers RSD good man and the funny pics just made my day he he he he

  13. rico says:

    Catch you later RSD

  14. almunia
    eboue sol tv the hurricane
    sicky cesc nasri
    theo nik
    right offski

  15. Erick says:

    Rico am not Russian (Ercik) he he he Sol must be in the starting line the Delap throw in and Fullers power guess Sagna will have to start ahead of Eboue

  16. Erick says:

    RSD in your line up Nasir,Theo or Rosicky might sit out for Denilson or Ramsey i would rather the latter

  17. rico says:

    Ha ha Erick, I saw my mistake and changed it, cheating eh .. 😉

  18. rico says:

    I reckon he will start with Theo, hoping he may finally step up his game, couldn’t be a better time for him to do so either..

  19. rico says:

    Ercik, have you ever wanted to write someting Arsenal for a post here?

  20. Erick says:

    Take care Rico the media might do an Eddy (cheating) to you 🙂

  21. Erick says:

    Still not Russian 🙂 writing you say Rico my English is poor but will try and cook up something and let you know

  22. rico says:

    That would be good Erick, I haven’t a clue how old you are or what your true views are – it’s always nice to read different ones. I don’t mind doing a spell check (not that mine is good) as long as you don’t mind..

  23. rico says:

    Is you ‘Erick’ Polish??

  24. Erick says:

    Rico am 100 years old 🙂 🙂 Polish no no Kenyan to the core can i write the article in Swahili (local language) 🙂 send me an e-mail Rico

  25. Mornin Gooners

    Martin Keown a top top man. No frills, passion, commitment and opinionated.

    No Silvestre at all, no Walcott from the start and certainly no Denilson anywhere near the Britannia, near the Emirates or anywhere in Britain for that matter.

    – SIlvestre’s contract is finishing. Best thing about him

    – Walcott does not fare well in away games. Give him his brief cameo. I have posted on many blogs and I still will pose the same question: How can a player at a Champions League who has poor technical ability make 60,000 pounds/week at a club where money is tight?

    – in my 13 years as supporter Denilson has to be the player that I hate the most. No offensive talent, defensive presence, full of indecisiveness, no passion, no power or presence and DOES NOT TRACK BACK. Martin Keown would have ripped his head off. Why can’t Wenger see this? Denilson has made 18 appearances this and six of our seven losses in all competitions have come with him in the starting lineup. This is not a coincidence. He is the main reason why we let so many goals. The gap between our back four and forwards especially when facing a counterattack, is large enough to construct a new Ashburton Grove. He is detrimental to the team.

    Keown would be a great aide to Wenger instead of yes man Rice. It is no coincidence that he played a part in the only time we made Champions League Final. Can Wenger handle him?

  26. I watched Jose Antonio Reyes play today against Galatasaray. He was sensational. I thought to myself “What could have been”

    When he was 20, he was miles ahead of head of Walcott.

    Eboue should play on the right from now on

  27. rico says:

    OOps, sorry Erick, If you write a piece and send it by email to the address at the top of the page, then it can be sorted out… Please, not Swahili, I have no chance of reading that – I struggle with English 😉

    I look forward to it..

  28. rico says:

    Morning M10, welcome to Avenell Road, great opening comment.

  29. Erick says:

    What have i gotten my self into 🙂 Okay Rico i will give it a shot no deadlines so what your prediction for the Stoke game

  30. rico says:

    M10, Its a shame you didn’t come on a couple of days ago, JonJon did a post about Theo which got some interesting responces.

    Your comment about Denilson makes me chuckle too, personally I am not a fan of his, he gives little to the team imho.

    As for Reyes, just another player who has done little since leaving. I think he probably regrets the day he left us along with so many others. I liked him though and he would have been a top top player had he stayed…

  31. rico says:

    You take your time Erick, there is not time scale..

    I think we will nick it 2-1 or 3-2

  32. rico says:

    Off for a bit, laptop to collect and dogs to walk….

    Back a little later

  33. Erick says:

    M10 alot of the passion you write with should be given to Denilson the Porto game a good example where Denilson never protected the back line and the gap was evident for all so i have to agree with you

  34. Erick says:

    Cheers Rico nice prediction am going for a clean sheet 3-0

  35. Thank you Rico

    Arsene has done a wonderful in purchasing players for the most part, but there is one area I believe Fergie completely outskills him, if that is the word. Man management.

    I am sure there was a time in the first couple of years where Ronaldo was homesick and did not like the physical stuff. Fergie cajoled and pampered him and he is now one hell of player. Although his talent was evident from the get-go. He worked his socks off.

    For us Reyes was homesick, intimidated by Gary “Smithers” Neville and intimidated by Thierry arrogant personality on the pitch. Henry is one of the great players for this club, but he is arrogant. Reyes was a superstar in the making. However, he complained and Wenger gave in. Every player goes thru a dip in form, but he was 22, much better than Henry was at that age and homesick. I believed a manager like Fergie would have done more than Wenger.

    Same case with Hleb. Although he was lookin for a better paycheque. We had him under contract, but Wenger gave in. He said Nasri would come even Alexandr “Who can dribble in a phone booth” Hleb stayed.

    Fergie will attempt to do the same with Anderson. He struggling and sadly done his cruciate. But Fergie will fight to keep him. He has the potential to be a combination of Keane and Scholes rolled into one. And they are legends, as much as hate Man Utd (because they are better than us).

  36. Erick says:

    Intresting view M10 i have never thought about that but good stuff so you reckon AW should do more on man management, he seems to be giving his player all the support which i feel is all a player needs from his coach Alex seems to be a more no nonsense coach during the AC game he cursed several time at Evans which would be not so good for a player

  37. Erick

    There is a balance I feel. If Rafael had made a mistake, Fergie wouldnt have shouted at him because he is younger, and perhaps a little more mentally fragile. Evans is a little bit more experienced and thus a higher standard is expected from him. He has all the makings of a great CB. He played extremely against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this year when United were unlucky to lose. His karate kick on Drogba was an epic assault. Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee would have been proud.

    But I dont understand why Denilson does not get an earful when he never tracks back. We see it. Adams, Vieira, Keown, Dixon and co would have knocked him out. He often plays infront of Clichy in 4-3-3 when defending. Ashley Cole would have screamed at him for leaving him exposed. Clichy, who is struggling should do the same. Or maybe Wenger can sell him.

  38. Erick says:

    I dont see Wenger selling him at that age he will claim he can only get better but i dont know which position he plays because in midfield he offer nothing going forward and a little in defence i dont understand why AW sticks with him he know better. M10 your views on tomorrows game

  39. rico says:

    M10, just a quick one as I am a tad busy this morning..

    Great topic you have touched on about man management etc, and the difference between Red Nose and AW – This site always welcomes new writers and only this morning Erick has offered up one on his views.

    Would you be tempted into writing a guest post one day on a topic of your choice??

  40. rico says:

    Personally I think that AW thinks, no player is bigger than Arsenal and as soon as they want to go he tells them to crack on..

    To be fair, not many have gone on to great new pastures, Hleb being one typical example, even he has said many times now that he should not have left..

  41. Erick says:

    Rico be Fishing

  42. rico says:

    be fishing Erick??

  43. Erick says:

    Rico but M10 offers some advise he should put up a good fight probably he does but pampering them could do good

  44. Erick says:

    Yap looking for piece for the blog 🙂 ;-(

  45. Rico

    I would love to write a guest piece

  46. rico says:

    M10 – that is great news, and if you enjoy the experience, maybe we can make it a regular thing, same for you Erick.

    M10, when you have written your post, please would you email to the address at the top of the page and we’ll go from there…

    Erick, its always good to have different writers, my posts can be a tad boring sometimes 😉 😉

  47. rico says:

    Off to walk the mutleys… back in a while

  48. afternoon
    RSD is back from shopping
    intresting stuff been going on here

  49. Different management styles of AW and SAF
    you have to say AW thinks more about the good of the players career while SAF is more selfish and thinks only off utd. IMHO

  50. you would have thought but would be nice to go all out

  51. K-TR7 says:

    Hey guys,i backed inter for a win and they didn’t disappoint.lucio made drogba look like a schoolboy exposing how he over-relies on his brute strength.balotelli had good touches,dribbles,ballcontrols and several nutmegs on malouda prompting several replays,he is obviously is talented but needs to change his attitude.i found it hypocritical for fatfrank to say they were the better team due to more possession and shots,we did the same at stamford frank so he knows how it feels.if chelsea had 60% of possession how much would we have?inter are woefully short in mf so i don’t fear them.Ade gets a 4 match ban for city making it 8 banned games in one season,was he worth the money?

  52. who’s you money on for the return KT?
    barndoor is shit
    25mil defo worth it for us

  53. K-TR7 says:

    RS-i reckon maureen will dig out a draw in the return leg.

  54. PDT says:

    Hi all!

    Keown is my hero! TA might be Mr. Arsenal, but no one exemplifies the Arsenal spirit as much as Keown!

  55. PDT says:

    Also, well done, Wayne Bridge!

  56. rico says:

    Afternoon peeps, what have i missed then 😉

    Hi PDT, good to see you… Agree, Keown was big hearted with plenty of guts and spirit..

    Great news about Pomey only going into Admin, no points taken from us..

  57. we making “loads of moneys”
    afternoon rico

  58. rico says:

    Afternoon RSD, just been reading about that….

    I’m not very good with club finances but it seems we are being conned a tad…

  59. what you been reading then?

  60. rico says:

    It’s on Le Grove RSD, but don’t you go defecting 😉

  61. to le grove no thanks
    geoff and perry aint me cup of tea

  62. what’s worse than a fox eating your shoe? a killer whale eating your trainer!

  63. rico says:

    sorry RSD popped off to cook supper….

  64. rico says:

    Anyone around ?? If not I will log off for the night…

  65. rico says:

    Ok, I’m off for the ay, see you in the morning, nighty night all….

  66. rico says:

    Morning RSD, new post up

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