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Roy Keane Has Really Changed His Tune On Arsenal As They Make Title Statement

Roy Keane Has Really Changed His Tune On Arsenal As They Make Title Statement
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Arsenal have secured a potentially huge result in the Premier League title race, defeating Manchester United in a dramatic game at The Emirates.

It was a massively entertaining contest, with both sides contributing. The home side had the better of the chances throughout, although it would take a last gasp goal to get them over the line.

Eddie Nketiah was the man to get it, scoring his second of the game in the dying moments to secure all three points for the Gunners.

The result gives Arsenal five-point lead at the top of the table, while they also have a game in hand on second placed Manchester City.

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Roy Keane changes tune on Arsenal

Roy Keane has been one of Arsenal's biggest critics in recent years, continually criticising them for their apparent lack of mentality. It was difficult not to agree with him, with their team often failing to show up at the biggest moments over the course of a given campaign.

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That included earlier this season, when they lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford. On that occasion, he questioned their ability to pull it out of the fire when the pressure was on after they lost that particular game despite playing well.

When I was a player and teams came here and had a good day, I was never worried about the plaudits. I was interested in the points!

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

That's the question marks over this group of Arsenal players. They've obviously had a brilliant start to the season, but when it goes to 1-1 and the momentum is with them, they end up losing the game. You need to at least get a draw out of the game.

I think they got giddy and excited.

Now, he views them in a very different manner.

It was hard not to be impressed with the way they got the three points in this game, completely outplaying a United side that had been in good form prior to the game.

Speaking on Sky Sports afterwards, Roy Keane had nothing but praise for the Arsenal players.

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They're in a great place. There's a good atmosphere, they've got momentum, Saka and Nketiah were brilliant. You seen them in the interview and it was innocent, but there's a nastiness to them because they know what to do on that football pitch.

It was a big challenge for them today. If you look at a team like Arsenal who are doing well and you look at the game today, it's a tight game and they're up against it, you look at the personality of the team, the characters.

They're all good players and we see that week in and week out, but could we see the other side of it? We did today.

Arsenal have the momentum with them, there's good experience, good youth, there's pace, they had good options off the bench today. They're in a great place.

There is a long way to go, but if you said at the start of the season they'd be where they are, you wouldn't believe it. They've got momentum and it will take a lot to stop them.

They were under pressure today with Man City winning today and the other night. There was pressure on them and they dealt with it, they deserved the victory.

It will take a lot to stop them...

They had a big setback last season missing out on the top four. That's where the question marks came over that group of players. They brought lads in in the summer and improved, but the question was that they blew it or bottled it last year. That was thrown at them because they missed out on the top four.

They have obviously dealt with that well. They have answered their critics and showing them they have learned from those mistakes and are a stronger group.

Arsenal now have 50 points at the halfway point in the campaign, their best ever start to a league season.

Maintaining that pace will be a challenge, although there is no doubt that they are well placed to make a real push for the title in the months ahead. Based on current form, they are going to take some stopping.

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