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Arsene Wenger snaps back at Roy Keane over Jack Wilshere criticisim

Roy Keane not impressed by Arsenal after a lacklustre display in Moscow
Roy Keane not impressed by Arsenal after a lacklustre display in Moscow
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Roy Keane's stinging criticism of Jack Wilshere, after suggesting the Irishman was misguided to label the midfielder as "the most over-rated player on the planet".

Keane suggested Wilshere did not have the qualities to wear the Arsenal captain's armband as he led the Gunners in their 2-1 Europa League defeat against the Swedish minnows of Ostersunds on Thursday night and even though Arsenal moved into the last-16 of the competition with a 4-2 aggregate win, Keane did not hold back in his criticism of Wenger's players and Wilshere in particular.

"Arsenal are a great example of how not to start a game of football," declared the ITV pundit and Republic of Ireland assistant manager. "They are so slow out of the blocks. Poor attitude, no energy, no desire. It's not like a light switch, you can't just turn it on and off.

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"A lot of that will come from the manager and his coaching staff, but ultimately it has to come from the player. You have to motivate yourself. You have your pride and you want to do well for yourself, your team-mates, your family and to turn up like that was a shambles.

"The Arsenal players must drive you crazy. A shambles. You look for your senior players to lead by example…when Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most over-rated player on the planet."

Wenger has not taken long to respond to Keane's comments, as he leapt to Wilshere's defence. "It's very difficult to hear. I rate Wilshere very highly," he declared.

“You can have opinions. Jack was in the team last night but did not perform particularly well. It was certainly not one of his best performances. Roy Keane knows that it can happen to anybody."

If Keane was looking to get a reaction from his latest inflammatory comments, he has now got what he was looking for.

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