Arsenal close to ending silverware drought, says Martin Keown
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes the Gunners are edging closer to ending their seven-year wait for a trophy
Martin Keown believes Arsenal are edging closer to ending their seven-year wait for silverware.
Arsene Wenger has already signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to bolster his attacking options at The Emirates, while Jack Wilshere is gradually nearing a return to the Gunners’ first-team after a season-ending ankle injury last summer.
Arsenal recovered from a disastrous start last season to finish third and secure Champions League football for this season, and Keown believes Wenger can now spur his side on to a title challenge.
“To win the title you need a coming together of lots of things,” Keown told Arsenal’s website.
“There has to be a desire and a focus for you to win it and as players you need to be peaking at the right time. It is about your squad and the strength of it.
“We were always very lucky that we had outstanding players and the people that filled in were more than capable, so that would demonstrate the full strength of your squad and whether or not you could go the full distance.
“There has to be belief and that has to be grown over a number of years. And I do think that is growing now.
“I would like to see the experienced players in the squad like Mikel Arteta – who I thought was a very big loss at the end of last season – together with Jack Wilshere coming back into the fold as soon as they can. He [Arteta] is a truly outstanding player.
“It never gets easier. You just have to look at Manchester City, who are suddenly fulfilling their dream of winning the championship.
“It will be difficult for Arsenal to win something but Arsene Wenger is a very competitive man and he will be desperate to do just that. I do think they are getting closer.”