Roy Keane has defended Mikel Arteta over his emotional behaviour on the touchline during Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday. The Gunners beat United 3-2 at home on Sunday afternoon to restore their five point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Keane went on to add: ‘He’s there to win football matches for Arsenal and that’s what he’s doing. ‘Listen, he’s got the yellow card, he has to take his medicine, but I generally have no problem with it. ‘We see other managers doing stuff that we might not always agree with but they’re emotional, they’re passionate and I think that’s just because he wants to win. I wouldn’t be too harsh on him.’

However, Arteta was criticised for his behaviour on the sideline as he picked up a yellow card for disputing Luke Shaw’s foul on Bukayo Saka. Keane has said he has no issues with Arteta’s behaviour and credited the Spaniard for being ‘passionate’ about his team. 

‘It will take a lot to stop them. It was a pressure game [on Sunday] and they dealt with that well. They are in with a great chance of winning the league.’ The pundit went on to laud the squad as a ‘likeable group with a lot going for them’, as he felt they were ‘answering their critics’ after missing out on the top four last season.

Keane also said that Arsenal have a ‘great chance’ of winning the Premier League title after picking up 50 points in 19 league games.  He said: ‘They are in a great place. There is a nastiness to them and they know what they need to do on the football pitch.

The former Manchester United captain also said the club had ‘the right people up stairs’ and that it was ‘good to see’ Arsenal ‘back at the top table.’ Arsenal will be back in action on Friday when they face Manchester City in the fourth-round of the FA Cup.  

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