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Arsenal: Unai Emery must keep things simple at Anfield, suggests Martin Keown

Arsenal: Unai Emery must keep things simple at Anfield, suggests Martin Keown

‘It’s been embarrassing’ – Martin Keown tells Emery how to turn away form around at Liverpool

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Unai Emery to keep his tactics simple ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Liverpool this weekend.

Arsenal have not enjoyed many fruitful trips to Anfield in recent years, having not won in the red half of Merseyside since the 2012/13 season.

The Gunners have conceded three goals or more at Anfield on all but one occasion in the league since their 2-0 victory in September 2012, making it one of their unhappier hunting grounds of late.

But after two wins to start the new campaign, Keown believes Arsenal should focus on their own football and not change their tactics too much – something he criticised the manager for doing last season.

He told TalkSPORT: “I hope Emery doesn’t tinker too much and keeps a settled system. He made far too many changes last year from a back-three to a back-four. [I hope they] go there with a plan and play their football, because with [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, they can score goals and be a threat – although Liverpool look quite magnificent at the moment.

“I’m not confident [of a result] because the last two seasons, Arsenal have been absolutely awful away from home, so you’re going to have to prove that there’s been a huge change. It’s been embarrassing.

“The manager needs to keep it simple. Don’t keep changing it, keep it settled – it’s a simple game, football.”

Judging by Arsenal’s recent results at Anfield, football has been anything but ‘simple’ for the Gunners against Liverpool.

But if Emery is to please Keown with his tactical masterplan, sticking to a back-four (which has garnered a couple of victories for Arsenal so far) will be the order of the day come kick-off on Saturday.

However, given that Arsenal also played a back-four before being trounced 5-1 on their last visit to Anfield, it may be that something has got to give for Keown as his former side look to halt a miserable run of results against the current European champions.

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