Arsene Wenger responds to Roy Keane's scathing comments

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that his side were right to greet penalty shootout success against Wigan Athletic in Saturday's FA Cup success with jubilant scenes, baulking at criticism of their celebrations from Manchester United legend Roy Keane.

The Gunners survived a huge scare last weekend to keep hopes of a first trophy in nine years alive and kicking, thanks to a combination of Per Mertesacker's late equaliser and four flawless penalties from Mikel Arteta, Kim Kallstrom, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Keane was scathing in his analysis of Arsenal's performance at Wembley and the way victory was lauded by an under-fire squad, insisting that they need a "reality check" after barely scraping by a spirited Championship side.

Wenger was adamant that Keane's comments were wide of the mark given the way Arsenal's crunch clash played out, with Wigan ahead until just eight minutes from time on a draining day for Gunners fans.

He is quoted by the Daily Star as responding to questions over the celebration staunchly, stating: "Yes, when you are 1-0 down. Let's not forget that Wigan won the cup last year, they went to the semi-final this year, they knocked three Premier League teams out, and we were 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go.

"So of course everybody was happy because we know how difficult it is to turn these games around."

Wenger must now quickly turn his attention back to the Premier League and what promises to be a fierce fight for a top-four finish and Champions League, which continues tomorrow night with a London derby against West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

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