Keown: Arsenal need Champions League money

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has told FourFourTwo that Champions League failure would mean devastation for his old club. Success is more than a question of pride, says Keown; it is a financial necessity. “Money’s a bit of a problem for all the top teams,” he told FourFourTwo exclusively during a video interview at a Red Nose Day fundraiser. “And Arsenal built this new stadium, of course, so they need that money – that injection of cash that will come from being in the Champions League. You always want to stay in with the elite teams.” Keown hopes the money raised from a successful Champions League campaign would go towards strengthening the Arsenal midfield. “It wouldn’t do any harm to have a very experienced player who’s always available, certainly in the midfield position,” he says. “But again, money is an issue for Arsenal.” In the interview, filmed at a fund-raising BT Red Nose Comedy Evening, Keown also criticises Portsmouth’s treatment of old friend Tony Adams. “I’m very disappointed for him,” he says. “He only had 15 games as manager.” Keown retired from football in 2005 after winning 43 England caps and six domestic titles. He is now a BBC pundit and part-time coach and scout for Arsenal. As explained above, Martin was filmed (watch the video here - it's on the right-hand side) at a fund-raising BT Red Nose Comedy Evening. Please give generously at – quick, before it’s too late! ARSENAL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter