“So I think Arsene would probably be happy with that in relation to everything else! “There wouldn’t be too many managers that could lay claim to the kind of record that Mourinho has against Wenger. “Like any record that you have, when Arsenal went unbeaten for the whole season, you start to feel like you’re invincible, and you’re never going to concede a goal or lose a game. “And Jose will start to feel that way, and I’m sure such is his ego that he’ll feel that way about his team. “But he prepares his team not to fail against Arsenal. “And he’ll be doing that this weekend. “He’s very proud of that record, it’s an outstanding record. “Whether it’s a hang-up for Wenger I don’t think so, I think it’s more of a case of beating Chelsea.” Keown won nine major trophies with Arsenal between 1993 and 2004, and now believes the Gunners will be in the running to claim this term’s Premier League crown. Theo Walcott signed a new four-year deal on Friday, with Santi Cazorla also completing a long-term extension, leaving Keown expecting both men to make a big impact this season. “I think they’re in with a chance of winning the league,” said Keown, speaking at the McDonald’s and Football Association Community Football Day. “If you go into a new season it’s on your radar, it’s one of the goals you set yourself but nobody, not any of the groups are completely convinced they’re going to win it, no one knows. “But it’s important to have the belief you can do it. “But I genuinely sense now among the players and the fans at the Emirates, that there’s a sense of expectation and a feeling that Arsenal are getting ever closer and better equipped. “Theo’s been at the club now for 10 years and we’re finally starting to see the full range of his talent. “But I still feel that the best is yet to come from him. “Whether that’s down the middle, centrally we’ll have to wait and see. “By the end of last season he looked as if he was back to his best. “And I think it’s important to get these players under contract. “There’s always talk about new signings, but it’s vital to get these guys on new contracts. “I thought Santi was a revelation in central midfield towards the end of last season, and again he’s a player that Wenger rates extremely highly.” :: Martin Keown was speaking at the McDonald’s and FA Community Football Day, championing accredited clubs across England and encouraging youngsters to share their best goal celebrations through #CelebrateBetter. Visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/CelebrateBetter for more information. Press Association Mourinho raised the stakes again by claiming by now he would have solved the problems dogging Wenger in his winless run against the Portuguese were their roles reversed. Keown believes the latest jibes will be water off a duck’s back to Wenger, paling into insignificance alongside previous criticisms where Mourinho branded the French manager a “voyeur” and a “specialist in failure”. “I think that’s just Mourinho being mischievous,” Keown told Press Association sport, of Mourinho hinting Arsenal were trying to spend their way to success. “At the end of the day if Abramovich hadn’t arrived at Chelsea they were in serious jeopardy of going bankrupt never mind achieving what they have. “So they’ve bought themselves out of trouble, and where they are now is down to the financial reservoir that they have. “So to accuse Arsenal of the same thing, buying their way to the top, is a bit of an ironic comment from Mourinho. “I think he’s just being mischievous there. “He has had a go at Wenger on more than one occasion, so this is quite light compared to some of the comments he’s made about him. Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Mourinho knows full well Chelsea are in little position to accuse rivals of buying their way to the Premier League title given the Blues’ history of big-spending under owner Roman Abramovic. Wenger has not beaten Mourinho in 13 meetings between the two managers, who will lock horns once more in Sunday’s Community Shield. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger can easily brush off Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-season taunts, according to Martin Keown.
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThanks to two-goal efforts from junior captain Aaron Hohlbein and sophomore midfielder/forward Sho Fujita, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team notched a pair of one-goal victories to take the Big Toe Invitational title last weekend.Hohlbein tallied both of his goals Friday in a 2-1 comeback to beat UNLV. Fujita notched two goals on Sunday to take down Drake by the same score, with both games coming down to the final minutes.“[Drake is] a very good team, and I would guess they’re going to be right there come tournament time,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “There’s a lot of team spirit, a lot of fight in that group and a lot of talent, and that’s a good combination to have.”It was a story of missed opportunities early on in Friday’s game. The Badgers outshot UNLV 17-7 in the contest and had some great chances in the first half, but could not convert.Instead, UNLV took the lead in the 14th minute and held the lead until the 69th minute. With a handball called on the Runnin’ Rebels, the Badgers had a set-piece opportunity from the left side of the field.Freshman Zack Lambo offered up a great effort to the far post and Hohlbein leapt up through traffic to head the ball home and tie the game 1-1. He avenged an effort just minutes earlier which saw one of his shots get blocked and a rebound effort bank off the right post.“I thought as a group we responded really well to a challenging, yet somewhat frustrating first half,” Rohrman said. “Because we’re down 1-0, and when you look at the stats, it’s one-way traffic and we should have certainly come away with a little different result at half-time than what it was.”The game remained tied late into the second half despite a few more chances for Badger forwards in which they could not capitalize.In the 85th minute, redshirt freshman Victor Diaz, who had been corralled all game in a physical effort, drew a foul in the box, setting up a Badger penalty kick. Hohlbein took advantage of the opportunity, netting his second goal of the game.“I give our guys credit,” Rohrman said. “They battled, they showed great character and they found a way to get it done and in the past, we haven’t always done that.”Junior goalie Jake Settle made three saves in the UW season opener, including an excellent effort late in the game to preserve the lead.Sunday’s game against Drake provided a different style of game, but produced the same score.The contest saw fewer scoring chances for the Badgers and the teams remained scoreless until late in the first half. In the 41st minute, Fujita got his first goal as a Badger. Hohlbein took a free kick and Christopher Ede headed it on to Fujita, who gave the Badgers their first lead of the game.Drake had many early chances in the second half, but could not tie the game until the 67th minute when they tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Luke Frieberg. The two teams battled back and forth through the end of regulation, with the Badger defense and Settle coming through to preserve the tie through 90 minutes, sending the game to sudden-death overtime.However, once into overtime the Badgers took just 46 seconds to take the game. Again, it was Lambo on the service as he sent the ball in to Reid Johnson, whose flick-on went straight to Fujita and the 5-foot-8 sophomore headed home the game-winning goal.“It’s great for Sho,” Rohrman said. “It’s nice. Now he can tell people that he actually got a head goal. The shortest guy on the field headed the ball home for the winner.”The Badgers took the Big Toe title for the first time in three years, and multiple Badgers earned tournament honors. Sho Fujita was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Offensive Player and Hohlbein was named Most Valuable Defensive Player. Both of them, along with Settle and Johnson were named to the all-Tournament team.The Badgers continue play this weekend at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic.