Roy Keane jokingly declared Arsenal ‘will be strong enough’ to stay in the Premier League following their disastrous start to the campaign.
Mikel Arteta’s side succumbed to a fifth defeat of the season already on Sunday night as Wolves sealed a 2-1 away win at the Emirates to move into the top six.
The Gunners have, in fact, endured their worst start to a season since the Premier League began in 1992, having picked up just 13 points from their opening ten matches – scoring only ten goals in the process.
Having watched the defeat by Wolves during his role as a Sky Sports pundit, Manchester United icon Keane blasted the Gunners players as ‘soft’, before joking that they are actually good – well, good enough to avoid relegation, that is.
“A few weeks ago the cheerleaders were out when they had a decent performance up at United,” said Keane..
“They’ve had one point since then, lost the other two games, and I think they look soft.
“They are probably lacking a bit of confidence. I didn’t see that real fight the manager was talking about. I didn’t see that desire or determination to get a result.”
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Keane suggested Sunday’s north London derby may be exactly what Arsenal need to get their season back on track.
“They all seem big [games] at the moment, don’t they?”, he added. “That might be the best game for them to have next week – a derby, no supporters, going away means less pressure maybe than at home?
“But I still think Arsenal have enough to stay up. I think they’ll be strong enough to stay in the division.”
A year to the day since Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal’s head coach, Arteta insisted he was not worried about his own position following the defeat.
“It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach I know that one day I will be sacked or leave the football club,” said the Gunners boss.
“I don’t know if it’s the day after I sign my contract, in a month’s time, a year’s time or six months’ time. I never worry about it.
“My only concern is to get the best out of the players, give the best possible service to the club and become better and better.
“I know, I repeat, in this profession, one day I will get the sack or leave but I don’t know when that is going to happen.”