Martin Keown identifies qualities next Arsenal manager must have

Arsenal legend Martin Keown explains what he wants from the next Gunners manager

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Martin Keown
Arsenal legend Martin Keown (Photo: BBC Sport)

Martin Keown says the next Arsenal manager needs to “a winner”.

The Gunners are searching for a new manager after the north London side opted to bring to an end Unai Emery’s reign after little over 18 months.

Arsenal were on their worst Premier League run since 1992 when The Emirates outfit decided to part company with the former Paris Saint-Germain boss.

Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has taken over the reins of Arsenal on a temporary basis as the Gunners continue their search for a new boss.

Arsenal have been linked with former captain Patrick Vieira, Wolves boss Nuno Espirto Santo and Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Mauricio Pochettino, who was axed by Spurs last month, has also been touted as a potential replacement for Emery in what would be a controversial appointment.

Former Arsenal defender Keown is worried that the Gunners board don’t have a certain type of manager in mind to rebuild the north London side following a period of decline.

“There has been lots of speculation about who Arsenal want as their next permanent manager but I am not really bothered specifically who that person is, more about the set of values and qualities that they will bring,” Keown told BBC Sport.

“I want someone with charisma. A good communicator and a motivator, who can bring the right balance to their style of play.

“Above all, though, Arsenal need a winner. Someone with a long-term vision for the club, and the ability to see that vision through.”

Keown added: “So it is a bit concerning that there does not appear to be a clear plan in the type of manager that the board wants – you only have to look at the very different profiles of all the names being mentioned to see that.

“That kind of fits in with the recent issues there have been in the boardroom, and the different directions people in different positions at the club seem to want to go in.

“I am not sure who will decide who the next manager is, but hopefully part of the interview process will be to ask any candidates what sort of changes they would make to the team.

“That should make it an easy interview for most managers, because it is quite obvious – strengthen the centre of defence and midfield and Arsenal can be a real force in the Premier League.”

Arsenal will take on Brighton at The Emirates on Thursday night before a trip to West Ham United next week for a London derby at the London Olympic Stadium.

The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.

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