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“Sore loser.” Roy Keane reveals Mikel Arteta’s worrying trait that came into play after Man Utd defeat

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“Sore loser.” Roy Keane reveals Mikel Arteta’s worrying trait that came into play after Man Utd defeat

Roy Keane enjoys assessing character, and Mikel Arteta was the target of his scathing appraisal after Arsenal’s dismal 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

The Gunners were defeated at Old Trafford despite Bukayo Saka’s second-half equalizer, as they dominated possession but were ineffective on far too many times.

In addition to a dismal defensive performance, which left Arsenal fans and their manager unhappy, Gabriel Martinelli’s 11th-minute goal was controversially disallowed by VAR.

And it was then that Keane observed a tendency that is becoming a pattern whenever the Gunners lose. Arteta again criticized the match officials after the game and told  Sky Sports: “It’s a lack of consistency. What is soft? Last week, they [Aston Villa] got a goal when there’s a foul on Aaron [Ramsdale], but it’s soft and it’s not a foul.

“Then there’s a penalty on Bukayo [who Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings challenged] but it’s soft and not a penalty. Today this is a foul. There were some strong tackles and no yellow cards because the threshold is low because it’s a big game. It’s really difficult to accept.”

Keane responded to Arteta’s remarks by labeling the Arsenal manager a “sore loser.”

“I’m fed up of all their excuses. I’m serious,” the United legend declared. “Arteta gets interviewed after the game, he’s a sore loser, like us all. ‘He’s got to give a little bit of credit to Man United but he never does.

“Every time he loses a game it’s all about what the opposition didn’t do properly or the officials. Stop making excuses. You lost the game 3-1, you’ve done okay. Take your plaudits but give me the points any day of the week.”

Arteta continued to vent his ire at referee Paul Tierney in his post-match news conference, despite the fact that he probably did not hear what Keane said. 

“The referee said it was a really soft decision – we just ask for consistency, today we disallowed the goal again, there is nothing we can unfortunately now.”

The Spaniard infamously lost his temper with the referees after last season’s terrible 3-0 loss to fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, which ended Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

Rob Holding was sent off for a second yellow card early in the match, coincidentally by Tierney, and Arteta did not hold back.

“If I say what I think I’m suspended for six months,” he claimed. “I’m allowed to give my interpretation on the game but I don’t like to lie so I’d prefer not to say. With my players, I’m so proud of my players. You can ask the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. I make mine. That’s his decision. A beautiful game was destroyed today.”

“Sore loser.” Roy Keane reveals Mikel Arteta’s worrying trait that came into play after Man Utd defeat

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