Roy Keane: Arsenal are soft and lack leaders

The former Manchester United captain says Arsenal will never win the big games

Roy Keane has described Arsenal as “soft and weak” following their latest Champions League setback.

The Gunners suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat by Olympiacos at The Emirates on Tuesday night which left their prospects of progressing out of Group F in the balance.

There is a certain weakness to the group. They look like they lack characters, leaders and winners

Roy Keane

Arsenal are bottom of the group without any points after having suffered back-to-back defeats in the competition following a 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb on match-day one.

And former United captain Keane, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble-winning side in 1999, explained why the north London side will never win the big games in Europe.

“They’re soft, They’re weak,” Keane said on ITV’s Champions League highlights show. “The goals they give away… You saw last night, two set-pieces again.

“You’ve got no chance of winning any big game if you defend like that.

“There is a certain weakness to the group. They look like they lack characters, leaders and winners.”

Arsenal face Keane’s former club United in their next Premier League fixture at Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.

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The Gunners are four points behind Louis van Gaal’s side in fourth place after a return of 12 points from their opening seven Premier League games.

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