Former Arsenal player Martin Keown has revealed his blueprint for nullifying the threat of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
The London side shelled out £97.5m to bring Lukaku back to the club, seven years after he left Stamford Bridge.
Since his return, he has netted four goals in four matches – three in the Premier League and one in the 1-0 win over Zenit in the Champions League.
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Speaking to talkSPORT, Keown – who won three league titles and three FA Cups – explained how he would attempt to stop Lukaku.
‘When you’re playing against him, every single ball is a contest,’ Keown said.
‘I don’t want him to hold on to me to feel me, I wouldn’t want to get too tight but I’m going to hit him. Come two or three yards back, and when I hit him, I’m going to hit him with everything.
‘I’m going to be in his ear as well, I’ve got to tell him he’s rubbish, it’s all hype, you’re playing against me today, you’re not going to get that kind of space.
‘You can’t let him build into the game and then when it comes, you’re going to [need] to have the game of the season by the way, physically you’re going to have to be up for it.
‘He is fantastic in the air, we see the goal he scored in midweek, he’s got everything to his game and he is super confident so you’ve got to make him feel this is different today.
‘I’m a little bit different to the rest and I am going to make it tough for you.’