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What Are The Chances

Of Freddie Ljunberg being able to talk the board and Martin Keown into MK becoming the defensive coach? I've long said he should be in that job. The crap we've seen at the back for over ten years would/could never have gone on with him there.

No doubt our defensive woes can be laid to rest by giving that job to that particular legend CB. I'd have kicked Bould out in a heartbeat to have it happen. Just watching him on MoTD, gritting his teeth whilst Chappers read out the form record shows he's got the passion for the badge and the drive, to match the defensive knowledge he has to impart. Plus I think him on board would see Freddie immediately feel reassured enough about his defenders to really set our attackers free. Can't help thinking he probably doesn't have as much faith in Merte's defensive coaching, as he would Keown's.

Whatever beef exists between the club and Keown needs squashing. He can help Freddie and the team. I struggle to believe Keown couldn't be enticed. Too much passion for the club still left in him. So we need to make the first move to rebuild the bridge. Assuming of course it isn't Keown and Freddie in the centre of the beef on opposing sides. In that case take back all the stuff about Freddie feeling reassured by his coaching Seriously though Keown as defensive coach should have happened years ago. It will solve or greatly reduce the defensive problems now. So let's make it happen already, even if just short term to help out his old mate Freddie. Tired of the comedy defending BS now. And it'd certainly end the instant Keown got given that job.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

You can’t coach players to run faster, so that rules out Kolasinac, Sokratis and Luiz straight away. No pace in midfield only makes it harder to cover for what is a huge handicap in the modern game.

Mustafi, whilst slightly quicker, is just... too Mustafi. And the only pace we have in Bellerin and Tierney seems to be locked into a permanent state of injured / recovering from being injured.

I know all clubs make dodgy signings from time to time, but our record for defensive recruitment is ridiculous.

Having said that, I’d love Keown to return to Arsenal in a coaching role.

Sign him up, Raul!

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

Leicester sign Soyuncu

Arsenal sign Mavropanos

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

Having Keown come in as a defensive coach is something I've been hoping for since I first heard him analyse one of our performances on BT Sports some years ago, heck let him come in as Assistant Manager to Freddie, he seems to be aware of a lot more problems than simply our defence.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

If it's any consolation we wouldn't have to see his heid on the telly for a while (and cameras at matches rarely show the DCs like Bould or you can look away).

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

comment by It's Champion's League Final day (U22023)
posted 5 minutes ago
If it's any consolation we wouldn't have to see his heid on the telly for a while (and cameras at matches rarely show the DCs like Bould or you can look away).
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Keown is a good bloke and I enjoy watching his TV Work.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

comment by You Can't Buy Class (U12019)
posted 3 hours, 37 minutes ago
Having Keown come in as a defensive coach is something I've been hoping for since I first heard him analyse one of our performances on BT Sports some years ago, heck let him come in as Assistant Manager to Freddie, he seems to be aware of a lot more problems than simply our defence.
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There's about a million coaching jobs all the way down the football pyramid.

There's also a reason why Keown's face is currently caked in studio makeup rather than drenched in rain on the sidelines of a training session on a Monday afternoon.

Anyone can spout off a bunch of superficial footballing platitudes on telly and look clever. But give them a coaching role, and watch 90% of them do a Gary Neville and land flat on their faces.

The worst thing the club could possibly do is take anything these talking heads say seriously. If any of them have any good ideas, let's see them roll up their sleeves and prove it in much less demanding coaching roles.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

What reason is that then?

You're assuming he won't be a good coach, I'm assuming he would be and I'm not alone.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

comment by You Can't Buy Class (U12019)
posted 5 minutes ago
What reason is that then?

You're assuming he won't be a good coach, I'm assuming he would be and I'm not alone.
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He already got his chance to coach at the club and work for his badges. Too much hard work.

He knows that there's much easier ways to get paid. Like pulling on an Arsenal shirt and conducting club tours. Or tagging along our pre-season trips to Asia and doing media work.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

He worked as a scout for us, not a coach as far as I know, I suspect Wenger didn't want him

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

comment by You Can't Buy Class (U12019)
posted 5 minutes ago
He worked as a scout for us, not a coach as far as I know, I suspect Wenger didn't want him
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Plenty of coaching jobs out there. Especially for a household name such as himself.

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