“The reconstruction of this club must now begin … we would be torn apart by the top teams”: Furious Martin Keown tears Arsenal after his former Europa League team crashed to Olympiacos
- The Gunners were hit on away goals when Youssef El-Arabi scored a late winner
- Keown praised the performance of the Greek side, but closed Arsenal’s bet
- He said: “There is a lot of work to be done, the reconstruction of the club must begin”
Martin Keown has furiously ended up in Arsenal after his former party crashed from the Europa League to Olympiacos on Thursday evening.
The Gunners were hit on out-goals when Youssef El-Arabi scored a dramatic late winner in extra time to pass on the visitors.
Keown, 53, praised the Greek front runners for their achievements, but hurled North Londoners for a lack of commitment.
Martin Keown raged furiously in Arsenal after his former party from the Europa League crashed
They were defeated on out-goals because a late strike canceled the stunning finish of Aubameyang
He said to BT Sport: “It is devastating. All credit to Olympiakos, they took their chance. I’m not sure what Leno was doing at the end of the game.
“There is a lot of work to do at Arsenal, the rebuilding of this club must now begin. The stakes were not there from the beginning.
“It was there for the taking, they were complacent. It was so disappointing. It was the first time this evening that I felt that the players did not respond to the manager and that the manager had no answer. “
The former center wondered why Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had not approached Gabriel Martinelli before and accused Pepe of his efforts.
He said there were “so many disappointments in that Arsenal team, it was an unprofessional performance.”
He then wondered where the club would go from here and said it would be a tough fight to return to the Champions League.
Keown, 53, beat Mikel Arteta’s side in North London for a lack of commitment in the game
Keown said: “Arteta has talked about the psychological consequences of that result that are hugely impactful, and he needs his senior players to act.
‘The youngsters will play well, regardless of the situation, but he is a rookie manager himself, he has been a good coach, how good is a manager?
“He is going to ask himself many questions. A lot will be looked in the mirror for the whole group and try to bounce back for the FA Cup on Monday. “
The expert admitted that he had not thought that Arsenal would make it to the Champions League this year, and that they preferred Sheffield United, Wolves, Chelsea and Manchester United.
He continued: “If Arsenal were even thinking of entering the Champions League, we would be torn apart by the top teams.
It is the final hit in a disappointing season for Arsenal, who is in ninth place in the Premier League
“Arsenal is just not good enough to be at that level. Arsenal, such as Real Madrid and Man City, are far from it.
‘We first have to understand the basics. We cannot defend against set pieces, everyone will know now.
‘Portsmouth in the FA Cup, they will know that if you take corners against Arsenal you might score.
“You can’t have such a handicap, there are weaknesses that need to be addressed with personnel changes, players have to be bought.”
It is the final blow in a disappointing season for Arsenal, who is ninth in the Premier League and seven points away from a spot in the Champions League.
But Arteta has stabilized the ship after a sad run under Unai Emery, where he was fired in November.
They have won the last two league games, including a 4-0 thump from Newcastle in the Emirates.