Martin Keown
Date of birth July 24 1966
Birthplace Oxford
Nationality English
Previous clubs Aston Villa, Everton
Date signed 4.2.93 from Everton

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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