Martin Keown’s top four warning for ‘lucky’ Arsenal amid room for improvement after Bournemouth – Football.London

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown admits there are things Arsenal must improve on if they are to finish in the top four this season.

That is despite the Gunners moving into third place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win against AFC Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium yesterday (Sunday).

David Luiz scored the only goal of the game in north London to give Unai Emery’s men all three points against the Cherries, but Keown said that while Arsenal started the game well in the first half, there was room for improvement from their second half display.

 

“They were but let’s give them credit, it’s been a difficult week for Arsenal and I thought they pressed really well. The intensity in their play, that is what every good team is looking for. It’s not just playing with the ball, it’s what you do without it,” Keown said, speaking as a pundit on BBC programme Match of the Day 2.

“I thought they started the game very well. Everyone was engaging, they forced Bournemouth back and they were struggling a bit.

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“[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang is trying to fix the play and everyone else is engaged, so they play it long, and Arsenal win it back. Then they can be creative and this is what Arsenal are good at.

“They’ve got that creativity, they’re well probed. They’re all on the front foot, ready to break. But in the second half they seemed to switch off.

“Aubameyang, you are scoring the goals but you need to work harder. I know it’s tough but you can’t allow space, [Bukayo] Saka as well. [Dani] Ceballos is late, they don’t engage properly and the back four is far too deep. Maybe [Granit] Xhaka should push in a bit closer. That left space behind the full-backs, so Bournemouth were running wild into those spaces.

“It’s a problem for Arsenal when it goes into the front players, they need to be better at this. David Luiz scored the winner today but he must get back, help the team. Arsenal were lucky on a number of occasions.

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“Ceballos, the poor guy is there on his own. The two other midfielders need to get up the field. These are things you definitely need to work on in training because better teams will punish you. That has to improve if they are to finish in the top four.”

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