Roy Keane says Arsenal are still ‘soft’ under Mikel Arteta

Roy Keane criticised Arsenal ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United
Keane thinks Arsenal’s problems remain (Picture: Sky Sports)

Roy Keane believes Arsenal are still ‘soft’ despite Mikel Arteta coming in to put his stamp on the side.

The Gunners have lost as many Premier League matches as they’ve won this season ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Keane’s former side Manchester United and have failed to win their last 29 games away from home against the ‘Big Six’.

Since last winning the league in the 2003/04 season, Arsenal have been criticised for their lack of mental toughness in big moments – something that Keane thinks remains the case under Arteta.

‘Oh yeah, they’ve been lacking aggression for years,’ Keane told Sky Sports.

‘There’s still a softness to them. I think he [Partey] will be a good signing for them, I know he’s only been in the door for two minutes but give him a chance.

‘He’s got a lot of that physicality in midfield that Arsenal lack.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures during the UEFA Europa League 1st round day 2 Group B football match between Arsenal and Dundalk at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 29, 2020
Arteta is putting his stamp on the side (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘Over the last few years that’s been one of the criticisms towards Arsene Wenger’s teams.

‘Technically very good but when the going gets tough a lot of their players go missing.

‘I still think that’s an issue with this team. I think there’s a softness to them.

‘Particularly in the back-four or back-five when they play a back-five in some of the bigger games. So that’s certainly a big problem for Arsenal.’

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