Keown insists Arsenal players want ‘punch in face’

Martin Keown believes Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta selected the “wrong techniques” of their 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague however his players wanted “somebody to slap or punch them within the face”.

Just because it seemed the primary leg match of the last eight of the Europa League ending able on Thursday evening, Nicolas Pepe produced an outstanding finish to carry the ball over Slavia’s keeper to place the Gunners forward with 4 minutes remaining on the clock.

Anyway, Arsenal managed to throw away their lead at stoppage time as Tomas Holes headed in an equalizer after Arsenal did not deal with Slavia’s corner.

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It was an necessary away goal for the Czech team and Arsenal will now must score no less than one goal within the second leg to make it the Europa League semi-final.

“For me, it was about Arsenal tonight and the way in which they played. By sitting away they selected the wrong techniques, ”Keown said BT Sport.

“There was a possibility to take dangers and ask questions, are you able to play? However they had been allowed to settle and construct from the rear.

“Within the first half he obtained nervous and they weren’t the team we noticed a couple of weeks in the past against West Ham for instance. It appears Arsenal usually are not proactive in video games, they just want somebody to slap or punch them within the face earlier than they get up and start taking part in.

“He (Arteta) did it within the second half with the substitutes however they could not see it via.”

Keown added: “(The result’s) very disappointing, it is going to be troublesome now for Arteta. He has made a whole lot of adjustments throughout the membership, lots of people have gone. There have been many problems for Arsenal over many years with players coming in and out.

“He’s in cost now and shouldn’t be getting the full response from the team. They make untidy errors and it cost them. We anticipated them to do their speaking on the field. It is the identical old story, Arsenal giving away goals. It is a disastrous end result. ”


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