This season’s Europa League kicks off on the 8th of September, and Arsenal are definitely one of the favourites to go all the way in the competition.
The group stages are arguably the easiest phase of the tournament, but our game against PSV, especially at home, could prove to be a fiery affair.
Arsenal fans call for Martin Keown as Gunners draw Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV in EL draw
One of the greatest individual rivalries in Premier League history was between Keown and Van Nistelrooy.
Arsenal vs Manchester United has always been a huge game, but tempers used to flare about 20 times when the two sides faced each other back in the day – both on and off the pitch.
The rivalry between Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane is what comes to mind at first, but how can we forget the extraordinary incident between Keown and Van Nistelrooy at Old Trafford?!
It was a frustrating game for Arsenal with many of the referee’s decisions going against us. Vieira was shown a red card and Van Nistelrooy was heavily involved in that incident.
To add salt to our wounds, the Dutchman was given an opportunity to score from the penalty spot. Had he done that, Manchester United would’ve won the game, and we wouldn’t have gone on to become Invincibles.
Van Nistelrooy smashed his spot-kick onto the crossbar, much to our relief.
Keown, who had conceded the penalty, jumped on the Dutchman and celebrated, making it one of the most iconic moments in Premier League history.
Arsenal fans haven’t thought about Van Nistelrooy for years now, but he will be our focus soon.
The former Manchester United striker is at the helm at PSV Eindhoven, and they are a difficult side to face. However, Arsenal fans think we have a secret weapon.
As soon as PSV were drawn in the same group as Arsenal, Gooners on Twitter had just one thought – Bring Keown back!