Martin Keown has warned that Arsenal could lose their best players if they don’t turnaround their disappointing start to the season.
The Gunners go into today’s game against Southampton eight points adrift of the Premier League‘s top four, with the clubs long-standing defensive frailties still all too apparent, conceding 17 goals so far this season.
The North London club have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the last three seasons, and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has warned that the clubs best talent could opt to leave if the club aren’t successful soon.
“Well it’s imperative that you hang onto your best players,” Keown told the Metro.
“That’s always the first thing every summer – you want to keep your players first and then add to it. You wouldn’t want to lose Aubameyang or Lacazette but they’ll only stay if Arsenal are successful. There’s no time to lose for Arsenal, they have to go to work very quickly. There could be some difficult decisions ahead.”
Both Aubameyang and Lacazette are said to be stalling on signing a new deal at the Emirates, and Keown suggested that the Arsenal squad simply isn’t strong enough to match the ambitions and qualities of the Gunners front two.
“Of course they’re waiting but they can change history themselves. They can make the change because they’re there, they can inscribe a name on a trophy every year,” said Keown. “They are good professionals. I don’t have a difficulty with those two, it’s more how good is the team? Is the team well enough equipped?
“If they [Aubameyang and Lacazette] don’t think it is then they won’t sign and we’ll lose two other good players. That’s normal. It’s no different for Arsenal as it is for Spurs or Chelsea.”