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Martin Keown says Arsenal MUST back Mikel Arteta as he tries to build a squad of gifted players playing 'total football' - but Joe Cole says he CAN'T understand the clubs signings or general direction

Martin Keown insisted Arsenal have to support Mikel Arteta while he tries to build a squad of 'gifted players' playing 'total football'.

The Gunners started the season poorly, picking up just 14 points from 14 games as they languished around the relegation zone. However, results improved dramatically after Christmas and the club are now back challenging near the top six.

Arteta has put his faith in youngsters while moving on some older players and those surplus to requirements, including Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, while he also brought in Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid in January.