August 4, 2022

EPL: They’re soft, Arsenal won’t finish top four this season – Roy Keane

Mancheste4 United legend, Roy Keane has sent a clear warning to Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, saying that there is no guarantee the Gunners would qualify for Champions League this season.

He questioned ‘soft’ Gunners defenders, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes ahead of the new season.

Keane believes that Arteta and his team may have wasted their best chance of returning to the Champions League.

After a fantastic run of form last season, the Gunners ended up on fifth in the Premier League, just one point and one place behind Tottenham.

Arsenal occupied fourth spot for much of the campaign, but gave it away to Spurs after struggling towards the end of the season.

Despite bringing in some top stars into his squad this summer, Keane still wonders how Mikel Arteta could finish top four, having stronger Tottenham and Manchester United to contend with.

“I think last season was their big opportunity [to return to the Champions League],” the former Manchester United captain told Sky Bet.

“They blew it, they got into a great position, four, five games to go in the season, you think they’re in pole position and they blew it.

“So you wouldn’t be putting any bets on Arsenal to finish top four next season, because of the other teams.

“Manchester United will get better, you’d thought. Tottenham will be stronger, so you can’t see it for Arsenal, a big set-back.

“There’s still a softness to the group. There’s a softness to them, even the two centre-halves, they’re not convincing.”

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