Martin Keown: 'I'd be licking my lips at the opportunity to take Arsenal to the next level'
- Former Arsenal centre-back is looking forward to the new Premier League season and believes Mesut Ozil won't trade the north London club for the world
"It is strange, what you want at every football club is stability, and that's what Arsenal have quite remarkably had. It is the start of a new chapter in Arsenal's history.
"It is about the next generation coming in and making their mark at the club.
"You talk about Ozil being that person and if I was a young player there now, I would be licking my lips at the opportunity to, not turn the club around, but take it to the next level."
Robert Pires heaps praise on Mesut Ozil:— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) August 2, 2018
"Ozil is one of the best players in Europe and he shouldn’t need to prove it anymore. Emery will be good for him and he will enjoy working with new players and new systems." #afc pic.twitter.com/qcfdjYJGUZ
Previously speaking to the Goal, Martin Keown has shown a belief that after retiring from international duty new Arsenal No.10 will be as fresh as a paint to perform under Unai Emery: "It looks as if he is enjoying his football more. It looks as if the fun had gone out of his game, he needs to get back to enjoying it. Enjoying creating those opportunities. I think he can do it again. I know he is a quality player. What's in question sometimes is his commitment.
"Is that a body language thing? Is that just him himself? Only he will know that, but he has still got a lot to prove and I hope he comes through in the Arsenal shirt.
"He is a senior figure there and there is no doubt that Emery is going to give him the reins. Let's see how the performances come. He needs to start well and he is in the position to control games."