16 February 2017
Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane is very much unimpressed with the performance the Gunners’ put up in the heavy defeat in the hands of Bayern Munich.
According to the Irish midfielder, the result didn’t hit him as a shock considering Arsenal’s sub-standard squad that only had ‘two decent players’.
“They have only got two decent players and the rest are average,” Keane told ITV Sport.
“I’m not surprised. Did you think they would go to Bayern Munich and get a result?
“We have said it before – there is a lack of leadership, character, hunger and desire.
“At this level, this stage of the competition, they are just not good enough. So there is no point in being too critical of them, because they are not good enough.”
Kieran Gibbs who captained the visitors after Laurent Koscielny came off was one of Keane’s main targets for ridicule.
“When I see Gibbs with the captain’s armband on at the end of the game, you are in trouble.
“If he is your captain or your leader, if he is the guy who is going to bring everyone together, you are in huge trouble.
“Bayern didn’t have to be at their very best. The goals Arsenal gave away were schoolboy stuff.”
The 5 – 1 loss means Arsene Wenger’s men are on course to exit Europe’s elite club competition at the first knockout round for the seventh consecutive season.