Arsenal legend Martin Keown names one positive and one negative for Mikel Arteta

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes there are positives and negatives for Mikel Arteta during the current break from football. Arteta is three-and-a-half months into his first management job where he has had a mixed start. The Gunners have lost just one Premier League game under the Spaniard but also crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Olympiakos.

During his short reign, Arteta has often mentioned the difficulties he has faced trying to get his points across to his players due to the build up of fixtures.

Keown says a positive of the break is that Arteta will be able to work on his communication skills with the squad.

However, the former centre-back admits a negative is the fact Arteta cannot implement his tactics on the training pitch.

“He’s somebody early in this business of management, he will want to improve his communication and it’s giving him a little bit of time perhaps to communicate with his players, work things through,” Keown said on BT Sport.

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“But he can’t yet get to the training ground which is the most difficult thing at the moment, with all his players having to respect the lockdown like everybody else.

“It’s difficult for him but maybe it gives him a little bit of time to sort of set his stall out, make plans for the future and be ready to go when it finally starts again.”

Arteta was the first manager or player to test positive for the coronavirus in the Premier League.

Within hours, the authorities met and decided to suspend the campaign.

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Arteta has fully recovered from the illness, which Keown says is most important.

“Well it’s great to see Mikel Arteta back fit and well again because that was almost the signal wasn’t it we had to stop playing football,” he added.

“The Premier League jumped in at that point. We were being told by Boris Johnson that a shutdown wasn’t really necessary then and football sort of led the way.

“The Premier League shut down as we know just over a month ago so great to see him back and healthy and well again, of course that’s important.”


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Earlier this week, Arteta spoke of the difficulties he faced during his first few weeks in charge at Arsenal.

“I went through a lot when I got here,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with.

“The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment.

“We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players.

“I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing.

“We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.”

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