By Amir Mir
Martin Keown believes the stature of Arsenal football club today will be a “joy” for the next Arsenal manager because of what Arsene Wenger has created.
The 66-year-old first arrived at the north London club in 1996, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 20-years at the club.
The Frenchman has also overseen a change of stadium, with the Gunners moving from their iconic Highbury stadium to the 60,000 Emirates in 2005, a move made to help the financial future of the club.
But Wenger has failed to guide the club to the English league title, since the famous ‘Invincible’ side of 2003/04, which has seen him come under increasing pressure from supporters.
TV pundit Keown hailed his former manager and the work he has done for the club, as Wenger enters the final year of his Emirates contract.
“We were there when Arsene Wenger first arrived at the football club,” Keown told the BBC Premier League show. “We thought Arsenal was big, it wasn’t big at all and you see how big it is now around the world.
“That is the joy for the next manager because what he has created, the platform he has now created, if we had stayed at Highbury, then we would never have been able to survive and never have a future.
“He is securing a future, but in doing so he has taken away some of the trophies he might have won himself. He could have been a little greedier, but every decision he has made has been for the benefit of Arsenal football club.”
Wenger’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League table, with 13 points from their opening six games.
Arsenal thrashed London rivals Chelsea 3-0 during their previous league encounter, as the Gunners registered their fourth consecutive league win in the process.
They now travel to newly-promoted Burnley on Sunday afternoon, as Sean Dyche’s men have picked up seven points from their opening six encounters.
In other Arsenal news, Ian Wright explains how much longer Arsene Wenger should remain at the club.