Watch: When Mark Viduka had a bust-up with two Arsenal hardmen


Martin Keown and Patrick Vieira may have been know as two of the toughest players at Arsenal – but Mark Viduka was brave enough to threaten both as a Leeds player at Highbury.

Arsenal may have a reputation as a soft touch these days, but Arsene Wenger’s early years in charge of the club were characterised by a tough, uncompromising spine to his side.

Central defender Keown and captain Vieira did not take any prisoners on the field, with the duo renowned for relishing a physical battle.

But former Leeds manager Eddie Gray has revealed the pair were given a fright by Viduka on one occasion Leeds visited Highbury.

Keown went in hard on the Australian just before half-time, and the striker responded by chasing the defender up the tunnel and lifting him into the air by his throat.

As Vieira approached the bust-up, Viduka simply warned: “You’re next.”

Listen to the full story below, as filmed by OptusSport.

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