Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has laid into Arsenal in an interview published in the Daily Telegraph, writing off their chances of winning the Premier League title.
Keane, who's battles with Arsenal on the pitch and particular Patrick Vieira are now legendary, claimed that although Arsene Wenger's team contain good players, a section of them care more about taking selfies, their six packs and their hair than winning football matches.
“There’s too many Arsenal players interested in selfies, I think, whatever they are...Instead of focusing on winning Premier League titles, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches, which is the way things are going,” Keane said.
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Arsenal have certainly flattered to deceive in recent seasons. With a squad of players containing world-class talent, they haven`t been able to maintain their performances throughout a whole campaign, much to the frustration of their fans.
Under-performing in north London?
The Gunners have not won a Premier League title since 2004, having lifted it three times in seven seasons up to that year. Could this be their term? Their squad is certainly the equal of their rivals, with top class options all over the pitch.
Wenger has not yet added significantly to his unit through the summer though, with goalkeeper Petr Cech the one notable addition. So could it simply be consistency they are lacking? Or do they need to put down their combs and phones.
Previous to last season their defence was their Achilles heel, but this was addressed last term, where they conceded just 36 goals, a record bettered only by champions Chelsea and Southampton.
A goal scoring return of 71 was also an impressive third best in the league, just two fewer than Jose Mourinho's title winners.
So are Arsenal ready to really challenge for the ultimate prize or is Keane accurate in his assessment that they are just show ponies? Let us know in the comments box below.