Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane still has reservations over the state of Arsenal’s squad despite their £132million transfer window bill.
The Gunners have been busy during the summer and boss Mikel Arteta is looking to rebuild on the squad that failed to qualify for a spot in a European competition for the first time in 26 years.
Notable new faces at the Emirates include Brighton defender Ben White, attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale who has joined the club from Bournemouth.
But Keane remains unconvinced by Arteta’s summer transfer dealings and stated that he would have expected more of a reaction from the club’s senior squad members.
"What he (Arteta) would want today is a reaction from his players,” he said speaking to Sky Sports. “They have invested and brought in some good young players, but that is the potential.
“They need a reaction from their senior players, and that is still a question mark for me."
The Sky Sports pundit also argued that Arsenal’s senior players should be stepping up to mentor the junior squad members.
"The younger players need a helping hand from these senior players, they need to stand up and be counted and prove what playing for a club like Arsenal should mean to them,” he said.
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Pressure has been mounting on the North London club for some time after an eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season just one point behind arch-rivals Tottenham.
Now the Gunners are without a European competition to push for this season, Arsenal boss Arteta is looking to address both the squad’s defensive issues and gaps in their attacking line-up.
But adding to the disappointment of not qualifying for Europe, Arsenal suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Brentford during the opening weekend of the Premier League and Keane stressed that the players need to find a functional formula fast.
"When you are at one of these big clubs everything has its extremes,” he said.
“When you win a couple of games everyone thinks you are the greatest, when you have a bad start to the season like Arsenal have, the critics are going to be out.”
Arteta’s excessive spending may not have ceased just yet either as the club are also reported to have additional interest in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has been valued at £25m.
Arsenal are also rumoured to be flirting with the prospect of bringing Leicester’s James Maddison to the Emirates, but with a £60m price tag Arteta will need to offload some fringe players to keep cash flow healthy at the club.
The Gunners will be hoping for a better result ahead of their next Premier League fixture on Sunday against Chelsea – a side they’ve beaten in their last three meetings.
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