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Wenger wades off Roy Keane’s comment about Jack Wilshere

Arsene Wenger has responded to Roy Keane’s criticism of Jack Wilshere last night.

Wilshere played as a no. 10 in the 2-1 home defeat to Ostersunds and he was nowhere near his best as the Gunners edged through to the Europa League last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win.

When asked to describe Arsenal’s performance, Keane told ITV: “Where do I start… I think Arsenal are a great example on how not to start a game of football. We can talk about being a shambles but they’re so slow out of the blocks – poor attitude.

“The manager summed it up. No energy, no desire, you’re looking for your senior players to lead by example.

“I always think, when Wilshere’s your captain, to me, probably the most overrated player on the planet.

“And they got lucky with the result at the end of it. But if you start a game slowly, no matter how good you are, it’s hard to get going. You can’t just switch it on and off.”

Wenger, who appeared briefly at a news conference this morning, was asked to respond to Keane’s criticism.

Wenger said: “It’s very difficult. I personally rate Jack very highly. After that you can have opinions.

“Jack was in a team last night that didn’t perform well. Was it one of his best performances last night? Certainly not.

“But Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody.”