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Martin Keown disagrees with popular Arsenal transfer opinion

Keown believes that Mikel Arteta has a squad with sufficient quality to achieve success, despite a widely held opinion that suggests a deficiency in one department.

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has been vocal and adamant about the criticism surrounding the club and the perceived need to sign a top striker.

Keown believes that such claims amount to lazy journalism and argues that Arsenal should instead focus on maximizing the potential of their current attacking options rather than seeking external solutions. He emphasizes the importance of finding different ways to score goals and praises Arsenal’s evolving tactics and midfield structure under Mikel Arteta.

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Keown also draws a parallel with Manchester City, who achieved success without a traditional striker for two seasons. He highlights the emergence of players like Havertz and Trossard in scoring roles, indicating that goals are coming from various sources within the team.

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While Keown’s stance may not put an end to discussions about Arsenal’s pursuit of a forward, he suggests that there is still potential for success with the current squad. However, the performance of potential transfer targets like Ivan Toney may influence Arsenal’s transfer decisions.

“Well, I thought it was lazy journalism,” Keown told TNT SPORTS. “I was doing a game, I was asked a question, ‘Oh when Arsenal didn’t get the goals they needed against West Ham, 30 shots at goal, no goal and everyone was jumping on the bandwagon saying they haven’t got a striker.’

“I thought, well, actually what they need to do is work better with the ones they’ve got and find solutions. We’ve seen Saka now scoring off his right foot in quick succession, next one, hits it with his left.

He added: “It was all becoming a bit too predictable and I think that’s changed now, they’ve become unpredictable in how they do it. They keep changing, slightly the way that they’re playing, the structure of their midfield and I think that’s clever.”

“There’s still an opportunity to be successful with what they’ve got, City did it without a striker for two seasons. Havertz has now started to play his best football, Trossard too they’ve kind of flip-flopped into that role so the goals are coming in from all directions.”

To support Martin Keown’s position, Kai Havertz’s recent performances for Arsenal have been exceptional, with the German forward scoring four goals in the last four games. Despite the availability of other attacking options like Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, and Leandro Trossard, Havertz is expected to start in Arsenal’s crucial match against FC Porto. If he continues with this form, it is possible that the Gunners will end the season with a title.

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