Keown reveals regret over not seeing Ibrahimovic in an Arsenal shirt

      

Keown reveals regret over not seeing Ibrahimovic in an Arsenal shirt

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has admitted he would have loved to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing for Arsenal.

The Swede has been a terrific performer for Untied this season and has never failed to deliver the goods in his illustrious career playing for the top clubs in Europe. Keown thinks Arsenal were wrong not to take him in when he trialled for them in 2000.

“I regret that Zlatan Ibrahimovic never joined Arsenal.” he wrote in the Daily Mail.

“He visited the club in 2000 as a teenager and such was his physique and frame my teammates joked that the Swede was coming to take my place as a centre-back.

“Even then you could see Ibrahimovic had such a big presence. Now that he is thriving at Manchester United, the comparisons to Eric Cantona are inevitable.”

While Keown thinks the comparisons to the Red Devil legend are totally warranted, he also still believes Ibrahimovic’s physicality gives him an edge over Cantona.

“I man-marked Cantona for England against France and for Everton when he was at Leeds.” Keown said. “Although Cantona was an intelligent player, I never felt he was going to run away from me. When I could lock onto him, I knew I could deal with him.

“In one-on-one situation, Ibrahimovic has more. He is bigger, stronger and more powerful. Cantona unlocked the door for United’s success in his five seasons at the club. He will always be considered The King, but Ibrahimovic is helping to rescue United’s reputation and make them great again.”

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 27 59 72
2 Manchester United FC 27 32 56
3 Liverpool FC 27 30 54
4 Chelsea FC 27 26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 28 52
6 Arsenal FC 27 15 45
7 Burnley FC 27 -3 36
8 Leicester City FC 27 -1 35
9 Everton FC 27 -14 34
10 AFC Bournemouth 27 -10 31
11 Watford FC 27 -10 30
12 West Ham United FC 27 -12 30
13 Newcastle United FC 27 -11 28
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -14 28
15 Crystal Palace FC 27 -17 27
16 Swansea City FC 27 -17 27
17 Huddersfield Town 27 -24 27
18 Southampton FC 27 -12 26
19 Stoke City FC 27 -26 25
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 27 -19 20