Speaking immediately after Arsenal’s Champions League exit, Roy Keane launched a scathing attack on Arsène Wenger’s squad.
Much has been said about the character and mentality of the Arsenal team lately but a solid performance restored some pride at Camp Nou despite Barcelona heading through.
Nonetheless, Keane couldn’t wait to twist the knife and went in two-footed on Arsenal’s players for not performing in other games lately.
“There’s no great shame in losing 3-1, the effort was there,” said the former Manchester United captain. “I think Barcelona had switched off but it must be hard for the manager to stomach that, and for the supporters when they see their players lift it for certain games, but they can’t do it for Watford at home, or Swansea at home.
“They’re cheating the supporters in that sense.”
That makes it sound like the players are out to get something from the fans and not give anything in return, and that just isn’t true. Regardless of form these players, by all accounts, are desperate to win things for themselves, for the club, for the fans.
Tactically the Gunners have struggled when going behind in games and that’s been costly, sending us out of the FA Cup and leaving us 11 points adrift of Leicester City in the Premier League. And Keane wasn’t done.
“It tells you that they’ve got a weak group of players, who can’t seem to lift it for certain games.
“No doubt the pressure has got to them in the last few months and for players at Arsenal football club who can’t deal with pressure, then you shouldn’t be there.”
There are nine games left this season: win them and shut people like this up.