Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been accused of disrespecting Mikel Arteta after their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday night. The Gabon international scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. But Roy Keane wasn’t impressed by him after the match.
Arsenal were simply too good for United on Sunday night.
The Gunners had more control over the match in general and picked up all three points via Aubameyang, who struck from the penalty spot to earn his side the win.
The 31-year-old spoke out after the victory, saying: “For sure, I think we knew since the beginning that we have to trust the process.
“As we said, Mikel is bringing something very, very nice. Everybody wants to follow this way.”
Yet Keane is unhappy at Aubameyang for calling his manager by his first name, instead of ‘boss’ or ‘gaffer’.
And he thinks the 31-year-old has disrespected the Spaniard, saying on Sky Sports after the game: “They didn’t show him respect when they called him by his name Mikel.
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“He is the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That’s respect. Not Mikel.”
It seems pretty harsh from Keane but he was full of praise for Arsenal, insisting they deserved all three points from the showdown at Old Trafford.
Yet he was far more brutal when it came to assessing United’s performance, slamming them for a lack of leaders and insisting Marcus Rashford’s body language wasn’t right.
“We spoke before the game about saying being on the front foot, being aggressive, you’re the home team, and there were none of those things,” he said.
“On top of all there was a lack of energy, enthusiasm, a real lack of quality and that really concerned me in the second half when they were getting in half decent positions and chasing the match but (there was) no quality. No composure.
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“Some of the performances were really poor. Ole must be scratching his head.
“We kept talking after the Spurs game and whether they turned a corner (after that game). It’s the longest corner ever.”
On Rashford, Keane said: “I looked at Rashford closely today who has had a lot of plaudits over the past few months and he’s still a young man, but his body language was shocking, really shocking.
“He was shrugging his shoulders when things weren’t going his way. You roll your sleeves up at Manchester United.
“(When) things aren’t going your way, that’s when you look at your leaders and characters.
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“I don’t see any leaders out there (at United), right through the whole team from the experienced players.
“You are expected to roll sleeves up, that’s what characters at Man United are about. Like Nobby Stiles, heart of a lion.
“Ole is in management, you have to trust the players because your job relies on the pitch. You’re going to trust those players out there? God help us.”
United are next in Premier League action against Everton on Saturday (12.30pm). But, before then, they face Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night (5.55pm).
Arsenal, meanwhile, face Molde and Aston Villa next.
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