Keown: Manchester United have more match winners, Arsenal are looking for characters
Written by Jeffrey on April 27, 2011 4:30
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes the Gunners need to add experience to the squad to help “inexperienced lads” get over the line.
Asked what is the difference between Manchester United and Arsenal, the 44-year old explained Alex Ferguson’s squad is made up of more match winners, players who can turn a game around at any time.
The Red Devils are hot favourites to win the English Premier League and are very close to reach yet another Champions League Final with the Englishman saying that Wayne Rooney was inspired by all the criticism he received in the summer as his performance against West Ham United this month demonstrated.
On Tuesday, the Premier League leaders secured an important 0-2 lead in the first leg semi-final of the Champions League with Real Madrid and Barcelona set to face each other tonight for the fourth time this season.
Speaking to Sport.co.uk, Keown said:
I think Manchester United have more match winners. When you look at Rooney, who has had a lot of criticism levelled at him, he has been inspired recently.
That inspiration comes from digging deep . They were 2-0 down at the weekend, he dug deep and came good for his team. Arsenal need to have the same kind of response from their players, but at the moment they look tired.
I think Arsenal are suffering from the lack of trophies. When I was playing we won the Double in 1998 but as a group of players we didn’t win again until 2002 – it is difficult when that happens and you feel the world is against you.
You keep working hard, you keep going for it and you suffer disappointments, but it is all character building. Arsenal are looking for characters.
It affects the squad when you don’t have enough players who have won the Premier League. They have those guys at Manchester United.
It is very reassuring when you have title winners around you, they get you thinking in the right way, tell you how to behave and support you. It’s so important to have people saying, ‘Don’t worry, let’s win this one and we’ll win the league.’ It’s those well-timed comments that get the inexperienced lads over the line.