Search icon


04th Sep 2022

Roy Keane shoots down Arsenal claims after Man United defeat

Robert Redmond

“I never bothered about the plaudits, I was interested in the points.”

Roy Keane refused to accept that Arsenal can take solace from their performance against Manchester United on Sunday. The Irishman also called Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta a ‘sore loser.’

Man United beat the Gunners 3-1 at Old Trafford to record their fourth consecutive Premier League victory. Arsenal played well in the game, and remain on top of the table despite the loss.

Keane, however, dismissed suggestions that Mikel Arteta’s side could be consoled by their display in the match.

Roy Keane rejects Arsenal talk after Man United loss.

On Sky Sports following the match, Paul Merson said that his former club were ‘the better team for most of the game.’

“Yeah, I’m shocked, but there are ways of losing matches and I think there are a lot of positives for Arsenal to take today,” Merson said.

“Bar the first 10 minutes of the game, the next 50 minutes, I thought Arsenal dominated it.

“They went 1-0 down but they came out for the second half and it became too easy for them. It goes to 1-1 and you just think about concentration levels – they’re dominating but they get caught with a sucker punch.

“But I thought Arsenal were the better team for most of this game.”

Keane, however, refused to accept that there was any consolation for Arsenal after the loss, their first defeat of the season.

The former Man United captain said the Gunners should be more interested in points than ‘plaudits.’

“When I was a player and teams came here and had a good day, I never bothered about the plaudits, I was interested in the points,” Keane said.

“You can praise Arsenal all you want but this is about results and winning football matches.”

Merson interjected, saying: “There are ways of losing games as well, Roy.”

“Ah right, you have a sing-song going back because you lost but played well! Lovely. It’s about winning,” Keane responded.

Merson also said he always came away from Old Trafford feeling his Arsenal teams played well but didn’t win.

“And that’s carrying on now, isn’t it? Brilliant,” the former Man United midfielder said.

Keane also called Arteta a ‘sore loser.’

Related links:

Micah Richards on the Roy Keane versus Patrick Vieira debate.