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Pochettino would be a step forward for Arsenal, says Keown

Keown: Pochettino would be a step forward for Arsenal. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIA

LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 21 – Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes it would be a good move for the Gunners to consider hiring Mauricio Pochettino following his Tottenham exit.

Pochettino was given the boot at Spurs on Tuesday evening with Jose Mourinho coming in to replace him after a poor start to the season.

And with Unai Emery under pressure with the Gunners in sixth position, Keown reckons Arsenal should think about appointing Pochettino.

“There’s no need to panic at Arsenal but we are getting close to panic,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“We’re not having the best of seasons. The powers that be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino.

“I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money. I don’t think Tottenham spent enough.”

On Spurs’ decision to sack Pochettino, Keown added: “I would have stayed with Pochettino; I think he deserved that. I think it’s a hugely significant sacking. You’re going to have managers now looking over their shoulders.

“I know the poor record he has recently, I know it all but I still would have given him another chance. I don’t like the way Tottenham have done it.

“There will be a lot of chairmen looking at him now. Manchester United wanted him this time last year. I think Arsenal would have to be interested if they want to take a step forward.”

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