Martin Keown backs Arsenal to sign their new Overmars, Vieira and Petit

Arsenal legend Martin Keown is desperate for his former club to find the next Marc Overmars, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit.

Mikel Arteta has been told to replicate Arsene Wenger in the late 90s when he signed Overmars, Petit and Vieira at Arsenal.

It marked a signal of intent at the time and it led to the Gunners winning the 1998 Premier League trophy.

Keown was also a part of that squad, and he has told the current Arsenal boss to make his own marquee summer come true.

The north London outfit sit 10th in the table amid a difficult season which leaves them fighting to land a Europa League spot.

However, progress in the competition could yet see them play Champions League football next season – if they win it.

But their league form has been shocking throughout the campaign and Keown believes Arteta needs a big summer spending spree.

He told the Mirror: “Is the money going to be available?

“Because the team is crying out for investment and in the summer there are some big decisions that have to be made because a lot of the guys have already gone and the places are there now for the replacements.

“I feel there are parallels now from where the club was when Arsene Wenger first took over.

“That big summer he had when he brought in Overmars, Vieira, Petit, those guys came into the team and made a massive difference and boost for the squad.

“The young players are the strength of the team. Smith-Rowe, Saka, they’ve been outstanding and Tierney looks nailed on.

“One by one, the pieces are coming together very slowly. I like Gabriel, I like Thomas Partey and I like the style of signing and they are more physical.”

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