Martin Keown sends warning to Arsene Wenger about Arsenal singings

The former Arsenal defender reckons Arsene Wenger could struggle to sign top players without the lure of Champions League football

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown has warned Arsene Wenger that Arsenal could struggle to lure players to The Emirates without Champions League football.

The Gunners are facing a tough task to overhaul Liverpool or Manchester City and secure a place in the Premier League’s top four this season.

Arsenal have given themselves a fighting chance of pipping their rivals to a Champions League spot thanks to successive Premier League victories.

The north London side were 2-0 winners against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud were responsible for securing a 2-0 victory over Southampton on Wednesday night to move to within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City.

Wenger has been able to attract players such as Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Sanchez in recent seasons thanks to their participation in the Champions League.

Writing in his Daily Mail column about the possible ramifications of missing out on a top-four finish, Keown said:

“Money talks. Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic went to Manchester United even though they were not in the Champions League.

In Europe, Arsenal is a name which rolls off the tongue. But if Arsenal want big players, they may have to pay more than they would want to.”

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