It’s always worth staying up late and watching ITV’s Champions League highlights on Wednesday nights for one reason and one reason only: Roy Keane.
The former Manchester United captain is so ruthless with his opinions that it often borders on comedy. Every fortnight another clip of Keano goes viral on social media.
He says what he thinks and doesn’t care who he might offend in the process - and this is what makes him a brilliantly entertaining pundit to watch.
Keane, who helped the Republic of Ireland qualify for the 2018 World Cup play-offs last week, was on the couch again on Wednesday night to analyse the latest round of Champions League matches.
And despite the fact Arsenal aren’t even competing in Europe’s premier club cup competition this season, Keane found himself talking about Arsene Wenger’s underperforming side towards the end of the show. Uh oh.
Lee Dixon: Tottenham are now better than Arsenal
First of all, former Gunner Lee Dixon was asked if Tottenham have now overtaken Arsenal.
“They’re a better side than Arsenal, yeah,” Dixon conceded. “Their all-round team, defensively minded, the way they set up, the different systems they can play - three at the back, they can play four - I think overall they’re in better shape than Arsenal are and it pains me to say that.”
Keane sums up Arsenal's current team in 11 words
Keane, blunt as you like, then summed up Wenger’s current side in 11 words: “I think most teams in the Premiership are ahead of Arsenal.”
Dixon and the presenter, Mark Pougatch, both burst out laughing.
“And he kept a straight face when he said that!” Dixon added.
Video: Keane's blunt assessment of Arsenal
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Never change, Roy. Never change.
Arsenal aiming to bounce back from Watford defeat
Arsenal, meanwhile, take on Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League this evening.
Wenger’s side then face struggling Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon and will be desperate to bounce back after last weekend’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.