Martin Keown claims Mikel Arteta is repeating Unai Emery mistake at Arsenal

Arsenal hero Martin Keown reckons Mikel Arteta is repeating the same mistakes made by his predecessor Unai Emery.

Arteta replaced his fellow Spaniard at the Emirates helm last December, a matter of weeks after the Arsenal brass gave the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager his marching orders.

Emery’s sacking stemmed from a series of poor results, which in part emanated from the 48-year-old’s propensity to regularly change his system.

Arteta – who saw his side suffer a 1-0 loss to Leicester at the weekend – has yet to settle on a preferred formation since taking charge of the north Londoners, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Keown.

Mikel Arteta succeeded Unai Emery as Arsenal manager last December

“They keep changing from one system to another and they did this with Emery,” Keown told Stadium Astro.

“That’s what I would like to see now, the same pictures, the same triangles, the same movements, the same partnerships, the same relationships.

‘If you keep changing it, you don’t find a rhythm, and that’s something that I found in a very successful team. It was like putting an old pair of slippers on for a game.

“Everything was there. You’d fire it into midfield to Patrick Vieira, into Dennis Bergkamp, [Thierry] Henry into the channel; it was three passes.

“These players now are getting the ball now and it’s jamming a little bit, so I think keep it simple and start building from this team.

“If this is the way he wants to play, keep with it, and try to put the people in it and get the messages right and work on it.

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Unai Emery was relieved of his duties as Arsenal manager last November

“It was very static, the front three never really moved from positions, they didn’t make themselves available.

“This is a brand new project for the manager. We don’t want to be over-critical. I believe he’s the right man for the job 100 per cent, super-bright manager and he’s going to have setbacks, it’s how he responds to this now.”

Arteta’s troops will be back in action on Thursday night, welcoming Irish side Dundalk to the Emirates for their Europa League Group B clash.


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