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Friday 28 April 2017

'I thought they were shameful' - Roy Keane's stinging attack on Arsenal pulls no punches

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane has launched a stinging attack on the attitude of the Arsenal players after their lamentable 10-2 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, as he described the latest performance served up by of Arsene Wenger’s side as ‘shameful’.

Keane pulled few punches as he looked visibly angered by the display produced by Wenger’s players, with his condemnation of their attitude in the second half of their latest drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich delivered with familiar venom.

“I think certainly the last half an hour to 35 minutes, I think they gave up and there is no forgiving that,” Keane told ITV Sport.

“They can be disappointed with decisions, but to down tools for the last half and hour and lose 10-2….shameful.

“Players not running back, nobody tucking in, overplaying from the back. I bet Bayern Munich couldn’t believe their luck playing a really good team like Arsenal, but I thought they were shameful.

“When I hear people saying how well they did in the first half, or the first hour…do we have to remind people that the game is 90-95 minutes long? Giving up in the second half, at this level of football it was ridiculous.

“A lot of the Arsenal players do a lot of talking saying they are behind the manager, but you do your talking on the pitch for 90 minutes. Their performances don’t suggest they are behind the manager.

“Arsene Wenger must be heartbroken watching that, he must be. Some of the players have a cushy life there.”

Keane also couldn’t resist a verbal jab at Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez, after the Chilean international was spotting smirking on the bench as he watched the Gunners torn apart at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez is widely tipped to leave Arsenal this summer amid rumours of training ground bust-ups with his team-mates, yet Keane suggested the Gunners would be wise to off-load their star man.

“You talk about Sanchez, but if you have players at your football club who don’t want to be there, then get them out of the door,” he added. “At least work with players who are behind the manager and the club.”

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