Martin Keown is disappointed with Arsenal for not signing an outfield player during the transfer window, using Liverpool’s new striker Christian Benteke as an example of ‘good business‘.
It seems the former Arsenal defender rates Aston Villa’s former target man a little higher than most. In fact, he reckons he’s been Liverpool’s best signing, although that doesn’t exactly say much.
“Christian Benteke was the club’s best business,” Keown said.
“They targeted him early and got him in and he is a top player. He’s so powerful and I expect him to do well.”
As for Arsenal’s business, the former cup winner isn’t best pleased. Although he’s not quite at Paul Merson levels of anger, he does believe we didn’t do enough business while we should have.
“When Arsenal signed Petr Cech early in the window it looked like they were laying the foundations to bring in two or three high quality players,” Keown continued.
“That didn’t happen and I don’t think they did enough.
“They were the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to buy an outfield player and that is an astonishing statistic.”
Although it’s easy for former players and pundits to accuse Arsenal of bad business, considering the amount of top quality strikers on offer, it’s really no wonder we didn’t have a back-up lined up for when the Karim Benzema deal fell through.
Does Keown think Arsenal should have signed someone like Benteke, who isn’t anywhere near as good as what we’ve got and cost Liverpool a colossal £32.5m? Although I realise Keown isn’t directly saying we should have signed the Villa man ourselves, it’s still an absurd thought.