Martin Keown sends warning to Arsenal about Europa League
The Arsenal legend insists winning the Europa League won't cover the cracks of a disappointing season
Martin Keown has warned Arsenal that winning the Europa League won’t cover over their disappointing Premier League campaign.
The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal are unlikely to make a late challenge for a top-four place with five games remaining in the Premier League.
The north London side missed out on a Champions League place last term following a fifth-placed finish behind Liverpool FC.
However, the Gunners can still qualify for Europe’s premier club competition if Arsenal win the Europa League final.
Arsene Wenger’s side will have to get past Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final.
Former Arsenal star Keown believes the Gunners cannot use success in the Europa League to cover over their Premier League disappointment.
“The narrative is that Arsenal need to win the Europa League but that does not mean a blind eye should be turned to what is happening in the Premier League,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“Arsene Wenger will be most alarmed by Arsenal’s away form.”
Wenger is set to stand down as Gunners boss at the end of the season.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners finished the season unbeaten.
The north London side lost 2-1 to La Liga giant FC Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2006.