Roy Keane believes Martin Dubravka should’ve saved Mohammed Elneny’s strike that gave Arsenal an early lead on Sunday, but feels the biggest issue on Sunday was the mentality of our entire side.
The former Man Utd skipper claims we played like a team who were “already on their holidays”, slating the lack of intensity shown in that 2-0 defeat to the Gunners.
He reckons we might still need another victory to make certain of safety, but predicts Bruce may have a ‘problem’ motivating his squad over the coming weeks after Sunday’s no-show.
Here’s what he had to say on Sky Sports, starting with his criticism of Dubravka at half-time:
“You say it’s a good finish, he’s obviously hit the target.
“It’s good movement from Bellerin, we know he’s capable of doing this.
“Elneny, you think ‘hit the target’, but for me, the keeper has to save this.
“To me, he’s got a good hand to it, he has to save it, not good enough, but Arsenal have been the better team and deserve to be in front.”
Keane then bemoaned our lack of effort and intensity as a whole, suggesting the squad is already on the beach if that was anything to go by:
“Obviously, they’ve had a decent run recently, but there was no intensity to their play like they were already on their holidays.
“It was an easy afternoon for Arsenal, but Newcastle certainly never turned up.
“That is going to be a problem for Brucey now in the last few weeks to get them going again and say they still want a couple of victories.”
With Leicester and Man City up next, we’ll not only get zero points but see our goal difference take a battering if we don’t seriously buck our ideas up.
Hopefully it doesn’t take a Fulham win or back-to-back defeats to make us realise this relegation battle isn’t completely over just yet!