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Tuesday 04 February 2014

On this day in 1993: Keown makes historic Arsenal return

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Martin Keown moved back to Highbury

  • Defender Martin Keown re-joined Arsenal eight years after his departure

  • The centre-back helped the Gunners win three Barclays Premier League titles

  • Overall, he amassed 310 Barclays Premier League appearances as an Arsenal player

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

4 February 1993: Keown re-joins first club Arsenal

Martin Keown became the first player since the Second World War to re-join Arsenal when he completed a £2m move from Everton.

The 26-year-old central defender had started his career as an apprentice at Highbury and made his senior debut during a loan spell with Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion.

He broke into the Gunners' first team in November 1985 but the following summer he moved on to Aston Villa.

Three years later Keown joined Everton for £750,000 but after more than 100 appearances for the Toffees he took the chance to go back to where it all started.

Keown was cup-tied so was unable to play a part as Arsenal won both the FA and League Cups that season, although he did earn a place for Barclays Premier League matches.

However over the next 11 campaigns, Keown played a vital role as the Gunners won numerous trophies.

He helped Arsenal win the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup double in both 1997/98 and 2001/02, another FA Cup in 2002/03 and a further League title in 2003/04, which proved to be his final season with the club.

He missed out on the 1993/94 Cup Winners' Cup as he did not play in the final, although he was in the Arsenal side that finished runners-up the following season.

When he left in the summer of 2004 he had made 310 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Gunners in total, in addition to over 100 in the various cup competitions.

Keown, who won 43 caps for England, finished his career with Leicester City and Reading, and made a brief comeback in the FA Cup for non-league Wembley FC in 2012.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Martin Keown re-joined his first club Arsenal from Everton