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Roy Keane: “Wilshere most overrated player on the planet”

Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK
during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Former Manchester United Captain Roy Keane did not hold back in his assessment of Arsenal’s performance despite the club going through to the next stage of the Europa League

Heading into the second leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie against Ostersunds FK, the Gunners were expected to progress into the next round after winning the first leg 3-0 at Sweden. But to the surprise of many, it was Ostersunds who had emerged as the stronger side in the first-half and deservedly got two goals in the space of 70 seconds.

While the score was 2-0, Arsenal were in danger of going into extra time had the visitors found another goal. Fortunately they regained some control after the break and Sead Kolasinac pulled one back in the 47th minute of the game.

While the match ended 2-1 in Ostersunds favour, Arsenal won the tie and progressed on to the next round of the Europa League with a 4-2 aggregate win. However, Keane was far from impressed and openly criticised the entire squad and took a particular aim at Jack Wilshere.

“Arsenal are a great example of how not to start a game of football,” Keane said on ITV, as reported on Goal. “They are so slow out of the blocks. Poor attitude, no energy, no desire. It’s not like a light switch, you can’t just turn it on and off.

“A lot of that will come from the manager and his coaching staff, but ultimately it has to come from the player. You have to motivate yourself. You have your pride and you want to do well for yourself, your team-mates, your family and to turn up like that was a shambles.

“We have seen it so many times from Arsenal. They went to Nottingham Forest [in the FA Cup last month] with exactly the same attitude and lost. You make excuses for Arsenal all the time, but it’s a load of rubbish. The Arsenal players must drive you crazy. A shambles.

“You look for your senior players to lead by example…when Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most overrated player on the planet.”

Arsenal will learn who they will be next facing in the Europa League on Friday afternoon. Meanwhile Arsene Wenger must  prepare his side for their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.