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Roy Keane blasts Arsenal as soft and weak after Olympiakos defeat

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Manchester United hero Roy Keane has blasted Arsenal after their shock 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League earlier this week, branding Arsene Wenger’s side “soft” and “weak”.

When notified about Arsenal’s poor recent record at home in the Champions League, Keane replied on ITV Sport: “I’m not surprised. Listen, Arsenal are soft, they’re weak.”

The retired midfielder added: “I think there’s a certain weakness to the group. They lack characters, leaders and winners.” (Scroll down to see Keane's words on Arsenal).

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Arsenal face an uphill battle to progress to the Champions League knockout rounds following back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.

Two defeats in their next two European matches - both against Bayern Munich - will mark the end for the Gunners in Europe’s premier club competition for another season.

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Arsenal have lost their mental toughness

Arsene Wenger raised a few eyebrows before Tuesday night’s must-win clash in north London by resting first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, opting instead for David Ospina.

The Colombia international went on to score an own goal, and conceded two more, as Arsenal were embarrassed in front of their home supporters. Olympiakos had never won on English soil prior to this week.

The current Arsenal side is a far cry from the fearsome team Keane went head-to-head with during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

There were leaders throughout the Gunners’ side in those days - including the likes of Tony Adams, Sol Campbell and Patrick Vieira - but mental toughness isn’t currently one of Arsenal’s standout attributes.

However, this weekend provides the perfect chance for Arsenal to make amends for their shocking performance - and silence Keane in the process - when they take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal fans: is Roy Keane right - is your team soft and weak? Have your say in the comments below!

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