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Roy Keane calls Jack Wilshere the ‘most overrated player on the planet’

The former Man United legend/ punditry villain did not hold back on the criticism of Wilshere in Arsenal's home loss to Ostersunds

Is it possible to get so deep into character that you lose sight of who you are and who the part is?

If that is the case Roy Keane has been method acting for the past 30 years.

Last week it was calling Liverpool and Spurs embarrassing after statement performances in Europe, this week he is taking aim Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and it is not pretty.


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TFW you’re two down in 24 minutes to a Swedish village team

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TFW you’re two down in 24 minutes to a Swedish village team

Arsenal nearly suffered the biggest upset in European football history, yes bigger than Istanbul, to a club that was playing in the Swedish fourth division in 2011.

The Gunners were sitting pretty with a 3-0 lead from the tie in Sweden and were clearly so complacent they nearly threw it away.

Ostersunds burst into a two-goal lead inside 24 minutes and the jitters around the Emirates were palpable.

Sead Kolasinac’s goal calmed some nerves but Arsenal still managed to lose at home to a tiny Swedish club that had never reached this stage before.

“Nice passing Jack, but remember our team is wearing blue not white.”

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“Nice passing Jack, but remember our team is wearing blue not white.”

Social media slated the Gunners’ performance and the way Arsene Wenger set up the team, everyone was poor but none more so than Wilshere.

Keane, sitting on the ITV sofas didn’t hold back when it came to his criticism of Arsenal’s injury-plagued midfielder.

Arsenal fans have kept the faith with Wilshere hoping he can fill the Santi Cazorla-shaped hole in midfield, but he was guilty giving the ball away far too easily and being overrun by Ostersunds attackers.


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“Where do I start… I think Arsenal are a great example on how not to start a game of football. We can talk about being a shambles but they’re so slow out of the blocks – poor attitude,” began Keane’s savagery of the Gunners on ITV.

“The manager summed it up. No energy, no desire, you’re looking for your senior players to lead by example.

“I always think, when Wilshere’s your captain, to me, probably the most overrated player on the planet.

“And they got lucky with the result at the end of it. But if you start a game slowly, no matter how good you are, it’s hard to get going. You can’t just switch it on and off.”

Steve Bould searching for Arsenal’s defenders last night

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Steve Bould searching for Arsenal’s defenders last night

However, Arsene Wenger wasn’t going to take this lying down and although he was furious with his players last night, he defended Wilshere in his press conference this morning.

“It’s very difficult, I personally rate Jack very highly. After that you can have opinions.

“Jack was in the team last night and didn’t perform well. Was it one of his best performances? Certainly not. But Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody.”

Ostersunds fans are hard as nails

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Ostersunds fans are hard as nails

It was certainly not one of Wilshere’s best performances in an Arsenal shirt as Arsenal suffered one of the worst results in their history just a few days before they meet Man City in the league cup final on Sunday.

Will Wilshere keep his place for the big one?

Only Wenger knows.