He said: “I think Christian Benteke would be the only one. Benteke is a better all-round footballer than people give him credit for. He’s one of the best headers of the ball in the Premier League but he is excellent on the deck too.
“Arsenal have a similar player in Olivier Giroud but it never hurts to have competition. If he came to Arsenal it certainly wouldn’t make them any weaker.”
Benteke is certainly a player who would improve Arsenal’s squad, and although Keown suggests that he is similar to Giroud, there are some major differences between the striking duo.
Whilst Giroud fits into Arsene Wenger’s system well due to his build up play and all-round team ethic, Benteke is much more of an old-style centre-forward.
He may not be the most precise footballer to have ever lived, but his main job is scoring goals, and he has proven to excel at that role.
There is also the benefit of his physicality, which would add a new dimension to Arsenal’s play, if they were to utilise it.
Due to Giroud’s style, there is almost no chance of the Gunners succeeding if they were to switch to a more long-ball system, if they were chasing a game or needed to score a goal.
The Frenchman is far to weak to deal with the majority of top level central defenders, whilst Benteke has proven himself as almost a perfect target man, especially when the ball is aimed at his head.
Arsenal are one of the few teams to not be linked with him on a regular basis, but Keown is certainly correct to single out Benteke as the Villa player who could strengthen the Gunners.