Friday 9 December 2016

'Something is going to have to change and change drastically' - Roy Keane rips into Arsenal after PSG draw

Published 24/11/2016 | 00:08

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Roy Keane accused Arsenal of lacking leadership after their 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-German left the French champions in pole position to top Champions League Group A.

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PSG now need to beat Ludogorets in Paris next month to wrap up top spot in the group and leave Arsenal open the prospect of another potential last-16 meeting with Barcelona.

Keane enjoyed some feisty battles with Arsenal during his time as Manchester United’s midfield talisman and he was in unforgiving mood as he offered up this damning view of Arsene Wenger’s side.

“They need a little bit of leadership, a few characters, but we have said that before down the years,” suggested Keane.

“We knew it was such an important game for Arsenal, but they played with no real intensity, no real energy. It makes you scratch your head sometimes when you look at them and you ask; what are you waiting for?

“The body language when the ball comes into their box for the equaliser. No one is smelling danger, no one on their toes, no one talking to each other. Guy gets a free header…schoolboy error.”

Keane went on to offer up grudging praise for Wenger’s side, who are not 18 games unbeaten in all competitions, as he suggested Arsenal lacked character to finish off the job after moving into a 2-1 lead against their French visitors.

“They were average,” added Keane of the Gunners. “Their form has not been great recently, but I suppose what they have improve on is grinding out results.

“The couple of goals they gave away will really hurt them because we keep going on about needing to top the group, but you would expect PSG to finish them off now. They were the better side on the night.”

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright was equally scathing about Wenger’s side, as he suggested the familiar tale of the Gunners coming up short in the Champions League is no longer a surprise.

“Judging Arsenal’s last three performances, you can’t see a team that can win the Champions League. Not for me unfortunately,” Wright told BT Sport.

“Something is going to have to change and change drastically in the teams, like three of four players have got to really kick in.”

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