Martin Keown: Arsene Wenger will replace the players who let him down
Written by Jeffrey on April 24, 2011 4:45
According to former Arsenal defender Martin Keown the problem with the Gunners is not the manager but players who don’t look entirely committed.
Writing on his Daily Mail column, the Englishman explained that the Frenchman has dedicated so much of his life to the club that it would be harsh to sack him just when he is so close to finally win another trophy.
But, the 44-year old explained that changes are required adding that the manager must have identified players who let him down this season and will take actions during the summer transfer window.
Ahead of next season, Keown said:
There is no way Arsene Wenger should leave Arsenal. He has dedicated so much of his life to the club and I’m confident he will win more trophies.
But to do that he must get the right mix of players because, as good as many of his crop are, he is at a crossroads with some of them.
In public, he has overestimated his team’s ability to win, but in private he probably realises that there are a couple of ingredients missing.
With teams who are champions you can see the confidence – they turn up at places certain that they are going to win. There is an aura, but this Arsenal side are unpredictable.
The team were at their best and their worst against Tottenham and recently seem unable to finish teams off. It is a far cry from when they beat Barcelona at home and looked capable of anything.
They are frustratingly inconsistent and there are games when certain players don’t look entirely committed. Wenger will know which players have let him down and who needs replacing.
Because they are not far away, it is not all doom and gloom. There will be new faces but some of those who stay need to look at their performances and maybe learn to believe in themselves.