Where Are They Now? Arsenal’s 1997/98 Double winners
Ultra-competitive central defender Keown was a late starter in the 1997/98 campaign due to a shoulder injury sustained during the summer’s Tournoi de France, but when summoned by Arsene Wenger his exacting standards brought out the best in himself and others.
Keown continued to grow in stature throughout the early noughties, and left Arsenal after securing a championship medal (and roughing up Ruud van Nistelrooy) during the ‘Invincibles’ year of 2004.
Following a brief and unhappy spell at Leicester, Keown became a pundit for the BBC, where he remains as direct and uncompromising in his views as he was on the pitch with Arsenal.
Reluctant though he may have been to use his right foot, Arsenal’s tough-nut left-back had lost none of his potency by this season, jockeying opponents out of position in his customarily combative way.
He also despatched an absolute cracker into the roof of Chelsea’s net in the early stages of the campaign as Arsenal won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Winterburn signed for West Ham in 2000, and now pops up as a pundit at regular intervals to discuss the merits of Arsenal’s tactical acumen – or lack of it.