Martin Keown names Arsenal’s biggest problem
The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners have two different teams
Martin Keown has joked that there are two different Arsenal teams given the Gunners poor form on the road this term.
The north London side are sixth place in the Premier League table and are set to miss out on a Champions League spot again this term.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals to miss out on a chance to win the competition and qualify for the Champions League.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners finished the season unbeaten.
The north London outfit haven’t reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010 to highlight their regression.
Wenger’s side have lost 12 of their 18 games on the road in the Premier League this term following their 3-1 loss to Leicester City.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a new manager after Wenger confirmed that he will stand down at the end of the campaign.
Former Arsenal star Keown delivered his verdict on Arsenal’s poor form on the road this season.
“It feels like there are two Arsenals: the one which plays at home and the other which plays away,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“The team is very creative in the final third — which we are seeing at the Emirates — but there needs to be more steeliness in defence.
“On the road, they need to stay in games long enough to be able to win them. When a team is raining shots on you, it is imperative that you can cover up.
“Leicester needed that performance after receiving quite a bit of criticism. But when Atletico Madrid went down to 10 men at the Emirates, they found a way to get a result.
“With Arsenal, there is an ominous feeling when they get a player sent off. They need to find a way of grafting together to get something from the game.
“The new manager needs to get the right balance within the team. The away form is embarrassing and it has to be improved drastically.”
Arsenal signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January.
The Gunners lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley.