Keown: Arsenal lack skill and strength balance

Date published: Friday 13th November 2015 10:19

Mesut Ozil and Francis Coquelin: Equally important to Arsenal, says Martin Keown

Arsenal still need to improve on both the technical and physical sides of the game, according to former Gunners defender Martin Keown.

Arsenal are being kept off the top of the Premier League by goal difference alone after 12 games, but Arsene Wenger’s side face a battle to make the last 16 of the Champions League after being humbled 5-1 by Bayern Munich in their last outing.

That defeat was followed by a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Emirates Stadium last weekend, results which raised questions for Keown regarding his former club’s ability to last the pace in the title race.

“The way Arsenal attack and play football is key to all their success – that’s their brand, attacking football,” Keown said in a Q&A with the Daily Mail.

“(Mesut) Ozil getting all these assists is very key to that, but just as important is the number of tackles Francis Coquelin might make, or the number of clearances and blocks Laurent Koscielny might make.

“You have to demonstrate both sides of the game and I feel Arsenal are at a crossroads.

“From a physical point of view, they should have been able to outscrap Tottenham last weekend. And from a footballing aspect, they should have been able to cope better with Bayern Munich.

‘We’ve seen them outbattled and outplayed in the space of a week, and this tells me there needs to be a better balance in both areas.

“The team that finds that balance will win the Premier League.”

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