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 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31