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Keown: Arsenal must change transfer policy

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has revealed the type of player he believes the club should sign in order to compete for the Premier League title.

The Gunners fell short last weekend against Watford, losing the game 2-1 and being leap-frogged in the table by their London rivals. The game did have some slight controversy with Watford being awarded a penalty, but Wenger’s men had several opportunities to put the game to bed and ensure Deeney’s penalty meant little.

Keown says Arsenal need to change their transfer policy, admitting that the current side lack the grit of the more traditional teams that we have watched over the years.

“Going forward, Wenger needs to recruit a different type of player who is prepared to graft and scrap,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Of course we want to see players who are great athletes and extremely skilful but Wenger needs more players in the mould of Sead Kolasinac — men who are solid, determined and direct.”

“Right now, this Arsenal team look a million miles away from becoming champions.”

“Where are their physical players? I was fortunate to play in the 1997-1998 Arsenal side. It was a team equipped for all occasions.”

“That team was capable of passing opponents off the pitch but equally if anyone wanted to go to war with us, they would be in for one hell of a battle.”

The defeat means Arsenal sit sixth in the table, nine points off leaders Manchester City.

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