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‘Get Pochettino,’ Keown tells Gunners

Former Arsenal defender wants sacked Spurs boss at the Emirates

22 November, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Martin Keown: ‘The powers-that-be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino’

FORMER Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged his old club to make a sensational swoop for sacked Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino was fired by Tottenham on Tuesday after more than five years in charge and replaced within hours by former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

During his tenure Pochettino established Spurs as a top-four side in the Premier League and, as a result, they were regular contenders in the Champions League – a feat that the Gunners have not managed since 2016.

The Arsenal board are rumoured to be ready to axe head coach Unai Emery if results don’t rapidly improve, and Keown is calling for the club’s hierarchy to act sooner rather than later.

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

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

Mauricio Pochettino was fired by Tottenham on Tuesday after more than five years in charge

“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.”

Keown added: “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, 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.”

Jose Mourinho

Keown isn’t the only one tipping Pochettino for a shock switch between the two north London rivals. Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp also insists there is no reason why the Argentine couldn’t take over at Arsenal.

Speaking on talkSPORT Redknapp said: “There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there?

“It happens in football – Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change.

“It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘could we? Can we?’”

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