Tuesday’s shock Capital One Cup defeat to League Two Bradford compounded Wenger’s worst start to a Premier League season and increased calls for him to quit.
Suggestions of a souring of relations between the long-serving boss and his assistant Steve Bould have only heightened speculation about his future.
But Arsenal are set to stick with the man who brought them two Doubles and groomed the Invincibles – and Keown, part of that 2003-04 side, backs that call.
“It’s about growing the players you’ve got, making the necessary signings in the future and certainly Arsene Wenger is the man for that,” he said. “He’s going to find out a lot about himself in this difficult period but he’s a winner, a fighter and he’ll come back stronger from this.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson, who left in 1987 and has been highly critical of Wenger, yesterday accused the manager of obstructing Bould’s coaching because the Frenchman “has a massive ego” and “is a dictator”.