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Roy Keane slams Arsenal players for obsessing over selfies instead of winning titles

Rohit Menon
613   //    02 Aug 2015, 19:33 IST
Arsenal were serious title challengers during Roy Keane’s spell at Manchester United

Roy Keane has panned Arsenal’s players while talking about the Gunner’s chances in the Premier League this season, ahead of the Premier League season. The former Manchester United midfielder’s views still bears a dislike for the North London club, and he attacked the players for taking too many selfies and being too obsessed with six-packs.

Keane instantly wrote off his former rivals title chances this season, responding to a question from the press with a dismissive look. “Ahhhh listen, we’ve the same thing ...[every year]” he said, according to The Telegraph

“There’s too many Arsenal players interested in selfies. Instead of focusing on winning Premier League titles, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches, which is the way things are going ...”

Despite admitting that Arsenal have good quality players in the squad, he pointed out that there were a couple of players in the squad who seemed more interested in selfies and six-packs than they did playing football.

“They’ve got good players, really good players, it’s just one or two of their players are more interested in selfies and six-packs,” he added. “They’ve lots of good players, good characters who roll their sleeves up, just not those who are trying to get their pictures every day of the week, selfies ...”

Roy Keane has always had a certain hatred towards the Gunners, and this was not the first time he has commented on Arsenal’s players. During his 12-year spell at Manchester United, the Irishman has quarrelled with the likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Patrick Vieira. 

The latter famously got entangled in a war of words with Keane after the Frenchman bullied Gary Neville in the infamous tunnel incident at Highbury in 2005. Last year the 43-year-old suggested that the Arsenal players need a reality check, after the Gunners celebrated a tight FA Cup semi-final victory over Wigan Athletic.

“These Arsenal players need a reality check,” he added. “Last season they celebrated finishing fourth and now they celebrate beating a Championship side on penalties – we are talking about Arsenal FC here.”

Wenger’s men were Manchester United’s strongest competitors in the Premier League era, and Roy Keane had tagged them as one of the biggest threats to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side during his playing days. He won seven titles during his stint at Manchester United, while Wenger picked up three titles in that time after winning his first title in the 1997-98 season.

Keane concerned about United’s philosophy

The Manchester United legend is concerned about United’s change of philosophy from developing younger players to buying talent under Van Gaal, although he believes that his old club will definitely improve this season.

"What worries me about United is the fact that even though they have bought so many good players this year - it is hard to get them all to gel quickly," he said, as quoted on Sky Sports.

"United have gone away from what they were about - being a club whose squad seamlessly evolves from one season to the next. "It's a bit like the late 80s again where they are buying a lot of players thinking they will gel - but it doesn't happen that quickly."

‘Chelsea remain the team to beat’

Keane believes that United’s rivals Manchester City have been poor in the transfer market over the last couple of years, and does not seem impressed by new signings Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling. He doesn’t expect them to challenge for the title while also listing Chelsea as the favourites for the title.

"City have bought two players since last season ended but I don't think their dressing room has been improved," he said.

"Look at all the players they've bought over the last couple of years. I'm not sure many would get into the Chelsea team.

"For me, Chelsea remain the team to beat. Their team is the one with the strongest spine - John Terry, their goalkeeper, Eden Hazard - and if they can add John Stones to their team then they will be even harder to beat.”

He added: "The bottom line is that if Chelsea's players show the same hunger and desire that they did last year then they'll win the league. They will only be in trouble if they are complacent."

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