Roy Keane’s harsh words for Arsenal: ‘They lack characters, leaders and winners’

'Listen, they're soft' says Roy Keane of Arsenal, 'I enjoy watching Arsenal, I think they're great to watch .... but part of football is, unfortunately, defending. And mentally, they're weak.'

Per Mertesacker of Arsenal reacts after the third Olympiakos goal in his team's Champions League defeat on Tuesday night. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images / September 29, 2015
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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has accused Arsenal of being "weak" and "soft" ahead of his old club's visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Keane was unimpressed with Arsenal’s performance in their 3-2 defeat against Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The result leaves the team, who host Premier League leaders United this weekend, in danger of elimination from the Champions League after losing their opening two group matches.

And Keane, who had many battles with ferociously competitive Arsenal stars like Patrick Vieira and Martin Keown during his United playing days, believes Arsene Wenger’s side are lacking the right kind of gritty characters these days.

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“Listen, they’re soft. Arsenal are soft,” Keane said in his role as an ITV pundit.

“They’re weak. The goals they give away, you’ve got no chance of winning any big game if you defend like that.

“I think there’s certainly a weakness to the group. They look like they lack characters, leaders and winners.

“I enjoy watching Arsenal, I think they’re great to watch, particularly going forward. But part of football is, unfortunately, is defending. And mentally, they’re weak.”

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