Keown: Arteta must win Europa League to keep his job

Keown: Arteta must win Europa League to keep his job

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Mikel Arteta must guide the club to Europa League glory to save their season and his job. 

Arsenal take on Villarreal tonight in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners trail Villarreal by 2-1 and Keown believes Arteta could go the same way as Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho if the north London side crash out.  

"I think it always is at a big club," Keown told talk Sport. 

"If you look at Chelsea and Spurs, they are both above Arsenal in the Premier League but they have both got rid of their managers this season, and that turned Chelsea’s season around."

"This is very much a rescue mission for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal because the season has been a bit of a disappointment. To be ninth in the Premier League table, they’ve lost nine games at home, they’ve only scored 19 goals in 17 home matches."

"They are huge problems, but they can all be fixed by getting to the Europa League final and winning it – that puts you back into the big time."


"Yes, there is huge pressure, but this is when you have to relish it and love being in these situations. We’ve got two English clubs in the Champions League final, let’s try and get two into the Europa League final, too. It is possible."


"They’ve got to attack it – the best form of defence is to attack," he added.

"Obviously they need just the one goal, but I don't think it’s a team that is capable of scoring one goal and shutting up shop in the way Arsenal might have done many years ago."

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