rsenal splashed out £2million to bring back Keown from Everton to Highbury (originally signed as a professional at Highbury in February 1984). This was to the dismay of fans at Goodison who saw him as their most consistent player at centre half in what was a struggling team.
He took longer to establish himself at Highbury. Seen by some supporters as an unnecessary extra in an already defensively sound squad as he faced strong opposition for a first-team place from the barrage of central defenders collected by George Graham. As a result, he has been used as a marker in midfield.
He figured in England's dispirited Euro 92 showing in Sweden. He was forced to appear in the problem spot of right-back for Graham Taylor's side, and it did not suit him.
Keown has evolved into Arsenal's leading utility player, moving from Midfield at the start of 95/96 to his favoured central defensive role following injuries to Adams and Bould. Promoted to Captain late in the season, only four other Arsenal players made more appearances during 95/96, and he collected awards from Arsenal supporters for a great year.
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