Martin Keown ‘worried’ about Mikel Arteta being multilingual in Arsenal’s dressing room


Martin Keown has urged Mikel Arteta to speak only English to Arsenal’s players (Getty Images)

Martin Keown has expressed his concerns over Mikel Arteta’s decision to speak multiple languages to Arsenal’s players.

Arteta has been heard on the touchline giving instructions to some of Arsenal’s players in French and Spanish, although he speaks English in all group meetings and team talks.

But Keown, who made 422 appearances and won three Premier League titles during his time at Arsenal, believes Arteta should be addressing his players in English at all times.

‘Arteta talks in four or five different languages,’ Keown told BT Sport.

‘That would worry me because I’d like to hear some of it in English if I was an English player. [Arsene] Wenger said ‘one language, a common language’.

‘Nonetheless, he’s a fantastic communicator and he’s getting that message across.

‘And when you do talk a lot, as I am now, you’ve got to get results because people stop listening.’

Mikel Arteta addresses his Arsenal players in multiple languages during matches (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Keown praised Gabriel Magalhaes for his impressive debut as Arsenal sealed a 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

‘He’s looked a dominant figure from the off,’ said Keown.

‘Some talk about maybe some nervousness in his passing, I wouldn’t have thought he’d played in the middle of a three on too many occasions.

‘But once he got into the game we saw the quality that he has.’

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