Roy Keane has a chequered history when it comes to Arsenal Football Club.
The former Manchester United captain enjoyed many battles with the Gunners during his playing days as the two teams regularly battled it out at the top of the Premier League table under Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
Now, Keane takes pleasure in criticising – and sometimes praising – teams during his work as a pundit for Sky Sports.
On many occasions Keane has stuck the boot into his former employers, with the Manchester United of now a far cry from the swashbuckling title-winning teams Keane used to lead on the pitch.
And after United’s defeat to rivals Manchester City on Sunday he was in full-on rant mode, suggesting five or six United players shouldn’t play for the club again and that some players cared more about how they looked.
It was a classic Keane display on television.
And it was not without a sly dig at the Gunners either.
Arsenal are in the box seat for the final Champions League spot this season after moving into fourth place in the Premier League at the expense of United thanks to their 3-2 win over Watford earlier on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta has been given the tools to build a youthful Gunners squad – the youngest in the top flight – spending more than £150million in the summer transfer window on young players, not just for the future, but for the present at the Emirates Stadium.
Asked if United should copy Arsenal’s approach, Keane was simple in his response: “United are a different animal compared to Arsenal, they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
We’d suggest Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world, too, Roy.
Gary Neville went on to say: “The spending power is different at United, they’ve spent the same amount as Manchester City (£1.2billion).”
True enough, there is more money at United’s disposal, so perhaps they should be outperforming Arsenal on the pitch. Except they’re not.