Date published: Friday 10th September 2021 8:13 – Jason Soutar

Mikel Arteta

Martin Keown has told Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta not to “complicate” things in order to turn the club’s form around.

The Gunners’ start to the season is their worst in the Premier League era and pressure is mounting on Arteta.

A 5-0 defeat to Manchester City as well as 2-0 losses to Brentford and Chelsea have left Arsenal bottom of the table after three games.

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However, Saturday’s home encounter against Norwich City is a more favourable fixture for the Spanish manager.

The match could be the perfect opportunity for the north Londoners to gain some momentum. Another defeat on the other hand, could send the Arsenal fans into a complete meltdown.

And former Gunner, Keown, has said what he thinks Arteta needs to do to turn things around, referencing former boss Arsene Wenger.

The 55-year-old explained to talkSPORT: “We’ve talked a lot about Wenger, the simplicity of his message, the way he leads his life, don’t complicate it.

“He knows the objective, let’s win a game of football tomorrow and that’s what he needs to do.”

When asked what Wenger would do if he was in Arteta’s situation, Keown said: “It would be about us, it would not be about the opposition.

“It is really about playing the ball into – giving it to key players, playing through the compartments of the team, being patient, moving the ball quickly – those messages never change and keep believing.”

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke feels Arteta is not about to “crack” – even if his side crank up the pressure with a positive result when they head to the Emirates Stadium.

“It is not my style to comment on the situation for other clubs or circumstances, all I can say about Mikel Arteta is he is a fantastic guy, we have met several times,” said Farke, whose side are also without a league win this season.

“He has unbelievable football knowledge with unbelievable experience, who tries to bring his own handwriting on to this team.”

Farke added: “In this business there is always pressure, and Mikel knows it – especially as he has played for some of the best clubs in the world.

“He has handled this pressure as a player and believe me, he will not crack under any pressure as a coach. He is much too smart, intelligent and such a good person.

“Without judging the Arsenal situation, I think he will have a great career as a manager.”

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