'They're cheating the fans' - Roy Keane lays into feeble Arsenal players
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Roy Keane has accused Arsenal’s players of “cheating the supporters” with a string of feeble performances in recent weeks.
The ITV Football pundit was speaking after Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night just three days after their exit from the FA Cup.
Arsene Wenger’s side lost 3-1 at the Camp Nou to seal a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona and a sixth consecutive exit from the Champions League at the last-16 stage.
But it is Arsenal’s domestic form, where they have also lost ground on Premier League leaders Leicester in recent weeks, which was pinpointed as an area of concern by Keane.
“They’ve got a weak group of players who can’t seem to lift it for certain games,” Keane told ITV Sport. “The pressure seems to have got the them over the last few months. If you’re at Arsenal football club and can’t deal with the pressure you shouldn’t be there.
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“It must be hard for the manager to stomach that and the supporters when they see their players lifting it for certain games and can’t do it for Watford at home or Swansea at home. They’re cheating the supporters in that sense.”
In other Arsenal news, BBC pundit Danny Mills has claimed that Wenger’s team are just two world-class signings from being a “top side”.