Roy Keane: Arsenal lack the bottle and characters to beat Olympiacos

Roy Keane explains why Arsenal won't beat Olympiacos in their crunch Champions League fixture

Roy Keane believes Arsenal lack the bottle to beat Olympiacos and book their place in the Champions League knockout phase next month.

The Gunners can qualify for the last 16 of Europe’s top-tier competition despite back-to-back losses at the start of their group-stage campaign with victory over Olympiacos in Greece on 9 December.

Over the years in certain games you think if they have had the bottle, the characters and the leadership, and they always come up short

Roy Keane

Arsene Wenger’s side were emphatic 3-0 winners against Dinamo Zagreb at The Emirates on Tuesday night to keep their Champions League prospects alive.

However, former Manchester United captain Keane is adamant that the Gunners lack the characters and the leadership to beat the Greek champions in their decisive Champions League group-stage fixture.

“I don’t see them doing it. I can’t see it,” Keane told ITV Sport.

“They were brilliant at home last night. Some great goals. They’ve got real quality like we’ve always said.”

Keane continued: “[But] I don’t trust them to do it. Over the years in certain games you think if they have had the bottle, the characters and the leadership, and they always come up short. I think they will do [again] in a couple of weeks.”

Arsenal have a poor record in Greece after losing three times to Olympiacos in their final Champions League group-stage game since the competition’s launch in 1993.

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The Gunners make the trip to Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon after a 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

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