Martin Keown hits out at Arsenal 'capitulation' at Watford

Beth Cruz
October 17, 2017

'Of course we want to see players who are great athletes and extremely skilful but Wenger needs more players in the mould of Sead Kolasinac - men who are solid, determined and direct. That goalless draw at Stamford Bridge was celebrated by some of the more optimistic at the Emirates as evidence that they had recovered some grit after the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool the previous month.

The worry that Keown mentioned will be that Arsenal are already nine points off the pace and they've had a fairly gentle start to the season in terms of fixtures.

The Premier League's all-time leading goalscorer, who now works as a pundit for Match of the Day, wrote about Wenger and his players in his latest column for The Sun.

Sanchez and Ozil are both out of contract at the end of the season, and a new deal for the pair seems to be unlikely.

Speaking after another the Gunners threw away a 1-0 lead at Watford to lose to a last gasp victor from Tom Cleverley, Shearer believes Wenger and wantaway stars Ozil and Sanchez are holding the team back.

"Two players worth a combined £100 million in today's market are heading out the door for free in two of the longest and potentially most ignominious goodbyes in the club's history".

But Shearer also reckons that manager Wenger's inability to walk away from the club after 22 years is a sign of the club's lack of ambition.

"By giving Arsene [Wenger] a new contract in the summer it was made clear to the players and the fans that failure to win the title over the last 13 years doesn't matter".

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