Manchester United legend Roy Keane blasted ‘soft’ Arsenal after their defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers before mocking the Gunners with a relegation joke.
Mikel Arteta’s men were beaten 2-1 at home by Wolves in Sunday’s Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. Pedro Neto’s opener was soon cancelled out by a Gabriel header but Daniel Podence scored what turned out to be the winner before half-time.
The match was marred by an injury to Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, who was taken to hospital following a nasty clash of heads with David Luiz, but the focus post-match was also on Arsenal’s dismal run of form lately.
Arsenal beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford at the beginning of November but have taken only one point from their next three league games.
“There’s a softness to Arsenal now,” Keane told Sky Sports. “I think they’re lacking a little bit of confidence, they’re lacking goals – but a huge result for Wolves.
“I think a lot of the players aren’t good enough, I think there is a softness there. A few weeks ago, all the cheerleaders were out when they had a decent performance up at (Manchester) United.
“They’ve had one point since then and lost the other two games. I think they’re soft. They’re probably lacking a bit of confidence.
“I didn’t see that real fight that the manager was talking about. I didn’t see that desire, that determination to get a result.
“You can have an off night, of course, but you still find a way to get a result. At this moment in time, I don’t see that from this group of players. I think they look a bit soft.”
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Keane had plenty of battles with Arsenal at the top of the table during his United playing days. But Mikel Arteta’s present day Gunners are currently 14th with 13 points from their opening 10 matches.
They are closer to the top four than the bottom three, though, and Keane joked that he was backing the Gunners to avoid the drop this season.
He said: “I still think they’ll have enough to stay up. I think they’ll be strong enough to stay in the division!”
United are three points better off than Arsenal, with a game in hand, in eighth spot following their dramatic 3-2 win at Southampton.