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Martin Keown thinks Arsenal lost £15m deal – Marseille news

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Martin Keown admitted he would have liked to see Yannick Westergaard at Arsenal as the Southampton defender close to a £15m move to Leicester City, while speaking to talkSPORT (13 August, 11:20am).

Nine or ten months ago, this 6-foot-6-inch mountain was considered one of the best defenders in the entire Premier League – and for good reason.

Westergaard was a pillar of strength at the heart of the Southampton side that topped the table in October, dominating every striker he encounters while making plenty of attacks with these piercing passes.

The partnership arrangement for every central defender in the English Premier League



The partnership arrangement for every central defender in the English Premier League





At the time, it was no illusion to suggest that Virgil van Dijk’s Second Coming was practicing his trade at St Mary’s.

Now, with the new league season just a few hours away, Westergaard is set to leave the south coast – and for a less darn sight than Liverpool paid for Van Dijk as well.

Ralph Hessenhuttl confirmed in his press conference on Thursday that the Denmark international is heading to Leicester for £15m, meaning Southampton would suffer a £3m loss on a player with a one-year contract remaining.

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“Amazed by this. I really can’t believe it. For £15m…” said Keown, the three-time Premier League winner.

“He’s very solid, passes it beautifully, he’s one of the first names on the team sheet, strong, a real guy on the team. It should be part of their policy; if you refuse to sign (new contract), they sell you.”

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“I know they’ve been doing it for years, but it’s definitely a big risk. Last 21 games last season, they lost 17! So they’re not in great shape and now they’re getting rid of one of their best players.

“You wonder where they are going this season. They are definitely too weak to let Vestergaard go.

Keown wonders if Arsenal should be tempted to make his own bid.

Despite spending £50m on Ben White, doubts remain over the quality and potential of Rob Holding, Pablo Marie and in particular the disappointing Gabriel Magalhaes.

“(Vestergaard) is definitely a player I would have loved at Arsenal,” Keown said. “It’s a really good deal, £15m. That’s a gift.

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