Keown credits Mikel Arteta for restoring Arsenal’s identity in Liverpool win

Martin Keown has credited Mikel Arteta for restoring the identity at Arsenal following their win over Liverpool.

In the Premier League's traditional curtain-raiser, the Reds faced Arsenal – who were awarded a position in the match after winning the FA Cup.

The match went to penalties after Aubameyang's opener was cancelled out by Takumi Minamino in the second half.

It is the second trophy Arteta has won at the Gunners despite only becoming a full-time manager midway through the season.

And Keown could not praise the Spaniard enough after turning around the club's fortunes.

He told the Daily Mail : "Say what you want about the Community Shield — whether you think it is a trophy or a glorified friendly — but the act of securing silverware is never a bad habit to have."

"Mikel Arteta will happily take this win and he deserves a great deal of credit.

"In the last 50 days, Arsenal have got the better of Liverpool (twice), Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final and Chelsea in the final.

"The players had only a handful of training sessions together in the build-up, but we saw a well coached side cause Jurgen Klopp’s team problems.

"You could see the philosophy behind the opening goal as Arsenal went from back to front in less than 20 seconds.

"There was a real identity to this performance under Arteta.

"His back three was sturdy and you wonder whether that is the system he is ready to stand by.

"Mohamed Elneny came back from his loan at Besiktas looking secure in midfield alongside Granit Xhaka.

"Emiliano Martinez looks worthy of being Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Bernd Leno.

"Of course, we’re all wondering whether Aubameyang will stay and, judging by Saturday, it seems more likely that he will.

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"This was a good day out for Arteta’s Arsenal."

Arteta is desperate to bolster his squad this summer while also axing a number of players.

Gabriel Magalhaes is on the way while the Gunners still are desperate for Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid.

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