12 Apr 2018

Roy Keane slams Jack Wilshere's performance versus Ostersund

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane was critical over the performance of Jack Wilshere following Arsenal's shock Europa League defeat to Ostersund in the round of 16 second-leg. The Gunners had secured a comfortable 3-0 lead from the first-leg, but they made hard meal of their home fixture, though they eventually qualified by a 4-2 aggregate score.

Speaking on ITV, Keane was not impressed with the lack of urgency in the Gunners' play versus Ostersund. The former United ace continued to dub Wilshere as the most 'overrated player on the planet' after he failed to lead by example being the skipper on the night.

He said: "Arsenal are a great example of how not to start a game of football. They are so slow out of the blocks. Poor attitude, no energy, no desire. It’s not like a light switch, you can’t just turn it on and off. A lot of that will come from the manager and his coaching staff, but ultimately it has to come from the player. You have to motivate yourself. You look for your senior players to lead by example. When Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most overrated player on the planet."
Ostersund netted two goals in the space of just 69 seconds in the first-half, and this led to thoughts over a sensational comeback at the break. However, the Gunners managed to response with a better display in the second period after the arrival of Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac's goal early on made it sure that they progressed in the competition amid a chorus of boos at the final whistle.
The Gunners are presently eight points behind a potential place in the top-four of the Premier League, and it appears that winning the Europa League will be their best chance of attaining Champions League football, though they have to beat AC Milan first in the round of 16 tie next month.