Martin Keown explains why Villa boss needs to be more like Wenger

Arsene Wenger at Training - 18/02/2014

The pundit believes Aston Villa's manager needs to mirror his former coach at Arsenal.

Martin Keown feels Aston Villa boss Remi Garde needs to replicate his old manager Arsene Wenger more, according to the regular 'Tackle Keown' Q + A on the Daily Mail website.

Indeed, Villa were well beaten by Everton last weekend and Keown thinks Aston Villa need to attack more.

He sees similarities between Garde and Arsenal boss Wenger but says a key element was missing against the Toffees.

Keown told the Mail: "I see certain similarities between Garde and Arsene Wenger but Wenger always tried to win games. It was never about stopping teams, the emphasis was on attack not defence.

"Villa didn’t have the ambition, inclination or quality to attack at Everton and it cost them. If it was a boxing match the referee would have stopped the fight."

It seems Garde's initial approach at Villa Park has been the exact opposite of Tim Sherwood's. The former Villa boss had no tactics and his management style amounted to 'let's 'ave em,' attack, attack, attack.

Perhaps Garde has overcompensated with the defensive side of things. But it did work for Aston Villa against Manchester City. Against Everton, it was simply another poor performance that let the Midlands outfit down.

Villa host Watford this weekend and, while Keown's advice isn't necessarily too practical - telling a relegation-threatened side to attack more can often have negative consequences - he raises a key issue. Garde's men can't simply defend their way to safety and will need to score far more goals.

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