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Saturday 10 December 2016

Roy Keane: Arsenal are weak and soft and lack leaders

Roy Keane is unimpressed with Arsenal's recent defensive displays
Roy Keane is unimpressed with Arsenal's recent defensive displays

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has launched another stinging attack on Arsenal, describing them as “weak”, “soft” and “lacking winners”.

The Gunners are staring at elimination from the Champions League group stages after losing both of their opening two matches.

Arsenal went down 2-1 to Dynamo Zagreb in their first game before losing 3-2 at home to Olympiacos on Tuesday night.

“Listen, they’re soft - Arsenal are soft,” Keane, working as a pundit for ITV, said.

“They’re weak. The goals they give away, you’ve got no chance of winning any big game if you defend like that.

“I think there’s certainly a weakness to the group, they look like they lack characters, leaders and winners.

“I enjoy watching Arsenal, I think they’re great to watch, particularly going forward. But part of football is, unfortunately, is defending. And mentally, they’re weak.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial has made a remarkable start to life in the  Premier League, but neither Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan nor manager Leonardo Jardim have been surprised by the United striker’s early success.

Louis van Gaal’s United forked out an eye-watering amount at the end of the transfer window to coax the 19-year-old from the principality.

Monaco could end up receiving as much as £58m for the striker, but becoming the most expensive teenager of all time appears to have added little pressure on Martial.

A remarkable solo debut effort against Liverpool has been followed up by several more impressive displays, taking his tally to four goals in six matches.

Martial’s immediate success has shocked many onlookers, but not his former captain at Monaco.

“No, it is not a surprise for me,” Toulalan said.  “Anthony has got a lot of qualities. He is a good man and he will have a lot of success in Manchester.”

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