Martin Keown: How Arsenal can get their title challenge back on track
The Arsenal legend says Arsene Wenger's side should forget about their defeats by Everton and Manchester City
Martin Keown has urged Arsenal to forget about their recent setbacks in the Premier League ahead of their home clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day.
Arsenal managed to go 14 games unbeaten in the Premier League following a 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at The Emirates in their opening fixture of the 2016-17 campaign.
The Gunners managed to squander a 1-0 lead after Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick to lose 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park following goals from Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams.
Arsene Wenger’s side failed to make a swift return to winning ways at the Etihad Stadium last weekend after Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling cancelled out Theo Walcott’s opener.
Keown believes the north London side need to forget about their disappointing run of results ahead of the visit of West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day.
“I think we all know that. I don’t think you can show any kind of weakness.
Trips to Everton and Manchester City are good examinations of how you are as a team and it was tough for both to come in the same week,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“This is a team that is susceptible to losing confidence when they have bad results. We saw it earlier in the season when Arsenal had a run of three draws in four games, against Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Manchester United.
“Arsenal need to ignore the recent bad results. Arsene Wenger will be working really hard in the background trying to get that belief and swagger back.
“There will have have been a period of reflection and Wenger will have gone through the videos to the Nth degree. Training sessions will have been designed to improve in the areas where there were weaknesses.”
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 17 games this term.