Former Arsenal legend Martin Keown identifies ‘glaring weakness’ in Gunners back line

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It wasn’t the start to their 2021/22 Premier League campaign that Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal side were looking for, but Brentford were good value for their English top-flight debut win.

The north Londoners were beaten in just about every facet of the match and that’s a damning indictment on where the Gunners are as a squad a present.

It’s left former club legend, Martin Keown, questioning Arsenal’s recruitment policy, both in terms of the players being acquired and the transfer fees that are being paid for them.

Compared to the Arsene Wenger reign, it’s like chalk and cheese.

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“What Arsenal need is people who can defend. You look at it now and Vestergaard was available and he’s on his way to Leicester. He’s 6ft 4 or 6ft 5 and I’m pretty certain he’d be dealing with those balls coming into the box so recruitment is all important,” he said to Stadium Astro and cited by Metro.

“There were other central defenders available, at £50m he could still probably prove to be a good signing but you’ve got the likes of Andersen signing for Palace.

“So, you take your chances. Of course the manager is part of that and you’re then hoping they are going to put the performances in and you need a central defender for all occasions and tonight that showed a glaring weakness in Ben White’s game.”

Ben White was awful against Brentford

The problem that Arteta has is that the squad’s current struggles aren’t something that can be solved overnight.

It will require a great deal of effort on everyone’s part, and depending where the Gunners are at 10 games into the season, the Spaniard might not get the time he needs to see things through.

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  1. This is hilarious, so much for remaking the club. A middling defender, 2 backups and the same quitters hanging their heads. At this rate, it’ll take 20 years to “remake the club” I called it, Brentford 3, BLMFC 1. This was a loss all the way. Don’t worry, the European champs, then the English champs are up. 3 games, 3 losses, bottom of the table. Queue the planes with banners, Arteta out, Kroenke out, same old story. You thought 8th was bad? Prepare for bottom half, after next season, relegation. No quality player will sign onto this dumpster fire.

    1. 🤣🤣🤣; wow you really are angry. But it was mistakes upon mistakes after Wenger left. The old man got us used to doing miracles with average players (mertesacker, kosielny, Gabriel, Santos, Denison, vela, Joel Campbell, Gibbs, Djourou) the list goes on; the arsenal management think that they can keep achieving the same result with a bad manager.

  2. All I can say is, all the top teams have done there recruiting, we need four players, RB, S, AM, GK. When will they be a unit. We should have done our recruiting before the season started. The other thing I have noticed is that Arteta is young and takes it personal with players. Not Arsenal quality, Mari, Chambers, Granit, Nelson, Nketia, we have no depth on the bench no game changer’s

  3. Infact this man call kroenke should not put others at risk of developing heart disease with his poor bussines since 2008 upto now he has to sell the club, this kind of transfer wait must end .

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