Ex-Gunner: United are doing Arsenal a huge favour - Here's how...

Arsene Wenger Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Former Gunner Martin Keown says Arsenal mustn't make the same mistakes as Man United when Arsene Wenger retires.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has suggested Manchester United have actually done the Gunners a favour over the way David Moyes has come into Old Trafford.

Nope, it’s not because United don’t seem able to string two wins together at the moment, Keown suggests Arsenal can learn lessons from United when they are forced into the post-Wenger era when the Frenchman himself retires.

Keown has been critical of the way United removed the staff who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson, suggesting it as a reason for United’s poor form and performances throughout the season.

“I think the Arsenal board and directors will have been watching with great interest at what’s happened at Old Trafford - I was surprised by the number of staff who were allowed to leave Old Trafford and even though they have new United faces, like Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs, they weren’t there before,” said Keown in a Daily Mail Q&A session.

His point that United took the transition from Ferguson to Moyes full on, instead of lengthening it out over a period of time is a good one.

Keeping key members of staff in place keeps that air of familiarity and also maintains a lot of the beliefs, measures and routines which were installed, and proven to be successful, by the previous regime.

However, the idea of removing elements of the past regime is also understandable because the logic behind suggests that a new boss coming in could feel undermined by people who worked for the previous boss.

“I think Arsenal should try their utmost, when it eventually happens, to keep as many staff on as possible to make the transition as smooth as possible. I was very surprised that United ripped out that level of experienced coaches. But it will still not be an easy choice for Arsenal at all,” added Keown.

It’s also impossible to predict at this stage whether Wenger will have a direct say in who replaces him in the same way that Ferguson hand picked Moyes to follow him at Old Trafford.

Some United fans are now suggesting that was the wrong way to go about the matter but if Wenger does say ‘this is who is going to replace me’ then who at Arsenal will argue?

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