Martin Keown outlines where Arsenal need to improve this summer

The Arsenal legend wants the next Gunners manager to eradicate the club's defensive problems

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown has warned the next Arsenal manager that the Gunners defence needs improvement.

Arsene Wenger announced last week that he will stand down from his role at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The north London side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and on course to finish outside the top four in successive campaigns.

Wenger hasn’t led Arsenal to the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Keown was still a member of the Gunners squad.

Established managers such as Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique and Thomas Tuchel have been linked with Wenger’s job.

Arsenal could also turn to a former club legend such as Mikel Arteta, Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira to replace the Frenchmnan.

Whoever the next Arsenal boss is, Keown warned Wenger’s successor that the Gunners defence needs to be rebuilt.

“Laurent Koscielny has been at the club for a long time and Arsenal’s defenders should be taking their line off him,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“He should know where he needs to be and where the line needs to be but at times I do not think he does.

“While there are still negotiations to be done with certain players, the new manager will inherit good attacking players in Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette.

“What he needs to do is work with the defence and the protection it gets.”

Arsenal signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Arsenal finished the campaign unbeaten.

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