Tag: Martin Keown

Martin Keown played for Arsenal Football Club. The former English defender joined Arsenal in 1980 and made his first team debut in 1984 on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion. His Arsenal debut came in 1985. Keown left Arsenal for Aston Villa in 1986 for £200,000, but returned to Arsenal in 1993 from Everton for £2m. In total, he made 449 appearances for Arsenal and scored 8 goals. Keown wore the number 5 shirt for Arsenal, but he wore several other numbers as well during his time at the club. He was part of the Invincibles squad that won the league without losing a match. Keown is currently a pundit on tv and radio. He was born on July 24, 1966. He is the father of footballer Niall Keown.

Pablo Mari of Arsenal battles for possession with Ellis Harrison of Portsmouth FC during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Portsmouth FC and Arsenal FC at Fratton Park on March 02, 2020 in Portsmouth, England.

Former Gunner says Pablo Mari has to be given more opportunities now

Martin Keown wants to see Pablo Mari getting more opportunities, after a positive debut for the January loan signing against Portsmouth.
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil prepares to take a freekick during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 15, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP)

Former Arsenal player doesn't believe Mesut Özil is really injured

Martin Keown doesn't believe the reports on an injury to Mesut Özil, claiming the German just took himself out of the picture before Freddie Ljungberg could.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Keown of Arsenal shows his feelings at Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Man Utd after Van Nistelrooy missed his penalty during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on September 21, 2003 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Martin Keown’s comments about Mesut Ozil are not acceptable

Martin Keown has said that during the Invincibles era 'a few players' would have grabbed Mesut Ozil by the throat because of his body language - this is not OK.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Keown of Arsenal shows his feelings at Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Man Utd after Van Nistelrooy missed his penalty during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on September 21, 2003 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Martin Keown lays into Arsenal and Mesut Ozil again

Martin Keown had another go at Arsenal and Mesut Ozil as he continues to have a problem with the German despite him not even playing.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal and Andreas Pereira of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 30, 2019, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Former Gunner thinks Nicolas Pépé could block academy star’s development

Martin Keown thinks Nicolas Pépé could block Bukayo Saka’s development, even though the pair don’t play in the same position.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Keown of Arsenal shows his feelings at Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Man Utd after Van Nistelrooy missed his penalty during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on September 21, 2003 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Looking back: 6 Arsenal players charged after 'Battle of Old Trafford'

On this day in 2003, six Arsenal players were charged by the FA after the infamous 'Battle of Old Trafford' which took place on 21 September.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Keown of Arsenal shows his feelings at Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Man Utd after Van Nistelrooy missed his penalty during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on September 21, 2003 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal invincible recalls teammate's reaction to leg-breaking challenge in training

Arsenal invincible Lauren spoke to the media this week, and he recalled how ultra-competitive the training ground was in that era of success under Arsene Wenger.

Martin Keown names the player he believes Denis Suarez was bought to replace

Martin Keown believes the arrival of Denis Suarez is bad news for Granit Xhaka, as he thinks the Swiss international is the most likely to be replaced in the team.

Arsenal star makes FA Cup Team of the Round

Martin Keown named Joe Willock in his FA Cup third round Team of the Round after his brace against Blackpool on Saturday.
CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 21: Patrick Vieira of Arsenal and Roy Keane of Manchester United battle for the ball during the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United at The Millennium Stadium on May 21, 2005 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s biggest fallouts: 4 major bust-ups, fights and riots

Arsenal aren't generally known as a club that constantly start brawls, fights and riots, but that just makes the occasions where things do kick off all the more memorable.
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Arsenal unveil new signing Bernd Leno at London Colney on June 19, 2018 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bernd Leno; goalkeeper

Former Gunner explains key reason why Emery won't give new signing a chance

Martin Keown thinks Unai Emery is hesitant to start Bernd Leno because the goalkeeper's shot-stopping isn't up to scratch.

Keown: I told Arsenal to sign Manchester United star when he was 16

Martin Keown says he told Arsenal to sign Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw when the Englishman was just 16 years old.

18 times Martin Keown has attacked Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil’s agent, Dr. Erkut Ogut has launched an unprecedented attack on Martin Keown after the former Arsenal man severely criticised the German once again, and he’s right – the ex-defender really does seem to have a problem with Ozil.
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Exciting news as agent confirms world class midfielder wants to lead Arsenal

Mesut Ozil’s agent has come out swinging at Martin Keown after the former Arsenal man laid into the German once again but what most people missed in his comments is the confirmation that Ozil will be at Arsenal next season and he wants to 'lead the team forward'.
25 Oct 1998: Chirs Sutton of Blackburn Rovers in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Arsenal at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England. Arsenal won the game 2-1. \ Shaun Botterill /Allsport

Forward admits having to hide from Arsenal players after match

Chris Sutton has said that he had to hide in the toilets at Highbury to avoid the wrath of Arsenal players after his unsportsman-like behaviour in 1997.

'Bitter' and 'Biased': Manchester United fans think Keown has an agenda against Mourinho

Manchester United fans think Martin Keown has an agenda against Jose Mourinho, after a number of articles about the Portuguese manager losing the dressing room.

Arsene Wenger ally attacks Arsenal ex-players for manager criticism

Gilles Grimandi, a former Arsenal player and current scout for the club who remains close to Arsene Wenger, thinks his ex-teammates are wrong to call for the manager's departure.

Arsenal pundit makes depressing admission about state of current side

Arsenal legend Martin Keown reckons that this current side is the worst since Terry Neill was sacked in the 1980s.

Former Arsenal man makes surprising prediction ahead of Milan clash

Martin Keown reckons that Arsenal have more than enough talent in their locker to beat AC Milan in the Europa League this month, as long as they show the same spirit as the Serie A side.

Another Arsenal pundit destroys club after Manchester City debacle

Martin Keown says Arsenal were naive in their embarrassing League Cup final defeat to Manchester City, and blamed their schoolboy defending for the result.

Martin Keown nails Arsenal problem against Tottenham but Arsene Wenger disagrees

Arsene Wenger believes his defence were just caught out by a great striker after Martin Keown claimed they lacked the hunger to defend. 

Aubameyang is a troublemaker, Alexis Sanchez a 'professional': But only one downed tools

Ever since Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester City fell through in the summer, people have practically been insisting that the Chilean is one of the most professional footballers to ever play the sport, so why is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang viewed as the opposite?
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

He can't believe it! Former Arsenal man says Aubameyang overloaded with creative options

Martin Keown has a feeling that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will enjoy playing for Arsenal due to our creative options. 

Finishing and pace: 1 Arsenal legend excitedly compares Aubameyang to 2 others

Martin Keown has set the bar high for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after likening him to Ian Wright and Thierry Henry.

Arsenal 'handed pot of gold' after huge deal produces 'successful' transfer window says legend

Arsenal legend Martin Keown reckons the Gunners have signed a brilliant player in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and has tipped Arsene Wenger to get the best out of the playmaker now he's in north London.

Martin Keown names the Arsenal players that have "held the club to ransom"

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez's contract stand-offs have held the club to ransom in more ways than one.

I had more pressure: Arsenal legend's son explains playing in his father's shadow

Niall Keown admits that while he's carved out his own career as a centre-back at Reading and Partick Thistle, there was a certain amount of pressure growing up as Martin Keown's son.

'I don't want him if he's not going to commit' - Arsenal duo criticised...

Martin Keown thinks the uncertain futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are leaving a bad smell at the club.

'It’s embarrassing...it’s criminal...really quite poor' - Arsenal defender hammered after FA Cup loss

Martin Keown has labelled Arsenal's defending for Nottingham Forest's first goal as 'embarrassing', and feels Per Mertesacker should have done something about it.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal defender expects this to happen when Aaron Ramsey returns: He won't be...

Martin Keown believes Jack Wilshere is almost as good as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and views him as a beacon of hope.

Not well schooled: Is former Arsenal man right about this key Arsenal defender?

Martin Keown criticised Laurent Koscielny for not doing the basics well enough in Arsenal's 3-3 draw with Liverpool, but is he right about the defender not being 'well schooled'?
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal with Mesut Ozil during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Former player delivers stinging criticism of Wenger's handling of this major issue

Martin Keown is against selling Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in January, but feels Arsene Wenger has overindulged them.

A cup team: Martin Keown says he was 'astonished' by Wenger after this happened

Martin Keown believes that Arsenal's recent performances are the beginning of the end for Arsene Wenger.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Martin Keown claims Arsenal fan favourite putting underfire midfielder 'in jeopardy'

Martin Keown thinks Granit Xhaka should be worried about his position when Aaron Ramsey returns, thanks to Jack Wilshere's promising recent form.

He'd love it: Pundit claims Jose Mourinho driven to do this to Arsene Wenger

Martin Keown believes Jose Mourinho wants Mesut Ozil because he hates Arsene Wenger.

Martin Keown names one thing Arsenal can't do without

Former Gunner Martin Keown reckons that Arsene Wenger can redeem himself this season by winning the Europa League.

Martin Keown names which two Arsenal players are in direct competition for a starting...

Martin Keown acknowledges that while there's competition between Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette for a place in Arsenal's starting line-up, it's entirely healthy and good for both strikers.

Martin Keown believes a shock Arsenal departure is coming

Martin Keown believes that Arsene Wenger is close to leaving Arsenal after 21 years in charge.

Martin Keown names which Arsenal player is Arsene Wenger's "special player"

Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has revealed that Arsene Wenger sees Jack Wilshere as a special player and even treats the 25-year-old like his own son.

Martin Keown names which Arsenal defender has embarrassed his teammates

Martin Keown says Arsenal centre-backs should be embarrassed that Nacho Monreal is starting ahead of them.