It was in 333 games in two spells at Arsenal that Martin Keown built his reputation as a tenacious and effective defender noted for his competitive spirit. He also played with distinction for Aston Villa and Everton, and collected 43 England caps over a ten-year international span. Other clubs he travelled with on the football roundabout were Brighton, Leicester City and Reading.
But it was with the Gunners that he made his biggest impact, helping them capture nine major trophies under first George Graham and then Arsene Wenger. His partnership with Tony Adams at the heart of the Arsenal defence was considered one of the most formidable in modern football.
Martin has coached and scouted with Arsenal, and is a respected television analyst. He is always worth listening to, particularly his yarns about playing for England in the World Cups of 1998 and 2002, and his comparisons of the contrasting methods of George Garaham and Arsene Wenger.