Roy Keane: This is what Arsenal are lacking under Arsene Wenger
The Manchester United legend doesn't hold back in his assessment of Arsenal after Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with PSG
Roy Keane says Arsenal need more characters and greater leadership after Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at The Emirates.
The Gunners are facing the real prospect of finishing in second place behind PSG in the Champions League group which could result in a difficult last-16 draw.
Arsenal have failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals in the past six seasons despite Arsene Wenger’s superb record of qualifying for the Europe’s premier club competition.
The north London side had the chance to secure top spot with victory over the Ligue 1 holders but the Premier League side allowed a second-half lead to slip.
Olivier Giroud’s penalty and Marco Verratti’s own goal overturned Edinson Cavani’s opener before Brazil international Lucas Moura levelled for the visitors with 17 minutes remaining.
PSG will face Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets in their final group game, while Arsenal will make the difficult trip to Swiss side Basel.
Former Manchester United captain Keane delivered a blunt verdict on the performance of Wenger’s players against the French champions.
“They need a little bit of leadership, a few characters, but we have said that before down the years,” Keane told ITV Sport on Wednesday night.
“We knew it was such an important game for Arsenal, but they played with no real intensity, no real energy. It makes you scratch your head sometimes when you look at them and you ask: what are you waiting for?
“The body language when the ball comes into their box for the equaliser. No one is smelling danger, no one on their toes, no one talking to each other. Guy gets a free header… schoolboy error.”