Martin Keown is keeping his fingers crossed that Arsenal sign a player capable of emulating Dennis Bergkamp’s impact in the mid-nineties and is optimistic that the Gunners can challenge for the title with a couple of additions.
Maintaining that the pursuit of Luis Suarez is positive, even if it ends in disappointment, the former centre-back underlined that in his experience a superstar signing can bolster the belief of an entire squad.
Speaking at the 2013 FA and McDonald’s Community Awards Keown reflected:
“I just feel if you are in the camp, you need a new signing, someone who makes you believe you are going in the right direction. It happened for us with Dennis Bergkamp.
“People asked why we were signing him. They didn’t think he was going to be there for long but he ended up being one of the most successful overseas players ever to play in the Premier League. Maybe someone else can come in and do the same thing.”
Turning his attention to the Suarez saga in particular, he continued:
“It was a demonstration to Arsenal fans. The club were saying ‘We have £40m there. We have tried to buy someone else’s best player for a change’. It has shown how serious Arsenal are about spending money.
“In the past, Arsene has nurtured them, then lost them just when they are at their best, as was the case with Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. Now he needs to go out and buy an obvious talent, someone who is going to hit the ground running, and they don’t come cheap.
“Fair play to Liverpool for hanging on to Suarez but Arsenal still need to buy two or three players. If they do, I think there is a real chance.”10,570 views