Keane aims dig at “poor Arsenal team” after praising Saka

Roy Keane has praised Bukayo Saka for his fine performances at Euro 2020, but he couldn’t resist aiming a dig at Arsenal after the Gunners struggled last season.

Saka has been Arsenal’s most impressive player over the last two seasons with the Englishman also breaking into the senior England squad.

He was among the players named to represent the Three Lions at the Euros and played in their game against the Czech Republic.

He won the Man of the Match award in the encounter and his fine performance has now handed Gareth Southgate a selection dilemma ahead of their remaining games in the competition.

Keane has been on punditry duty for ITV alongside Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira.

The Frenchman praised Saka for his performance and Kane agreed by commenting, as quoted by Sun Sports: “he’s been playing well” but he couldn’t stop himself from adding: “… in a poor Arsenal team.”

Saka will hope to get more minutes as England seeks to go all the way in the competition. 

He will also be keen to help Arsenal get inside the top four next season when he returns from the competition.

England’s next game is against Germany tomorrow evening.

Tags Bukayo Saka Roy Keane


  1. Correction…”Keane tells the truth”

    No idea why people are uncomfortable with the truth.

  2. He is not in position to pass comments about Arsenal because he has no basis for evaluation. No statistically data.

    1. @Timothy Ademamainwa- just have a quick look at the EPL table PAL. Sort of says it all I would think.
      Then think back to when Roy Keane lined up against PV4. THAT was an Arsenal team.

  3. It’s a poor Arsenal team. Ok, many that contribute to JA think Arsenal is top4 quality but badly managed
    A poor team or badly managed?

    1. Good point SueP- it’s down to how every supporter views the team and management.
      We have some very good players (Partey is a very good player. He just has not performed at all yet. Saka is outstanding despite his young age. Tierney will in time become captain and a club legend). We have done very promising young players ( ESR, Martinelli, Balogun, Azeri) We have a number of good players ( Leys say Lacazette, Pepe, etc in this mix) We also have a number of players who will never be good (Elneny immediately springs to mind) enough.
      And we have a manager who “could “ become a very very good coach. But Arteta let himself down very badly and very few players improved under him despite his credentials.
      It’s easy to see why this is called both ways.

      1. Well the way some of our players play, when not playing for Arsenal, badly managed, with some poor players thrown in to boot.

  4. He’s right, our league position and our performances that we watch show we are a fairly poor side. Our management and ownership are very poor. I don’t find Roy Keane to be negatively biased like Michael Owen and Jamie Rednapp are, he is talking the truth. Anyone watching our team would have to have dust in their eyes if they thought our football was good enough. If we manage to buy a few good players let’s hope we can improve.

  5. Roy Keane makes similar comments about Manchester United. Keane is making comparisons with the Arsenal teams he played against, when Manchester United and Arsenal battled for the title.
    What comments did he make that any fair minded Arsenal supporter would argue with? Arsenal finished eighth and are out of Europe.

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