Roy Keane caused a stir earlier this week by criticising Wayne Rooney, describing the Manchester United captain’s recent form as “awful”, but on the same night he also aimed fire at Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini.
Flamini played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in midweek and produced a typically combative performance, but Keane reckons the Frenchman isn’t as effective away from the comforts of the Emirates Stadium.
Never one to shy away from a controversial statement, the outspoken Keane said he simply ‘doesn’t fancy’ Flamini as a top-class holding midfielder.
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“Not for me. I don’t fancy him,” Keane told ITV Sport, per the Sport Review. “He is probably alright at home. At home, he isn’t bad. Nice and comfortable. Away from home, different game.”
Reacting to Keane’s comment, the majority on Twitter were simply laughing at the way the former Manchester United captain speaks his mind, regardless of who he might insult or upset in the process.
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Flamini has an important role to play for Arsenal
Flamini, who turns 32 in March, is a decent defensive midfielder - perhaps not first-class like Keane was in his pomp - but a good player nevertheless.
With Francis Coquelin out of action for at least two months with a knee injury, Flamini has an important role to play over the forthcoming weeks.
The alternatives for Arsene Wenger in that position are Mikel Arteta, whose best days are behind him, and Calum Chambers, a centre-back by trade and inexperienced as a midfielder.
It’s hard to imagine the frugal Wenger dipping into the transfer market for a new midfield enforcer in January, so Flamini will need to prove Keane wrong if Arsenal are to remain on course to seriously challenge for this season’s Premier League title.
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