Roy Keane has, tongue-in-cheek, backed Arsenal to stay in the Premier League despite their worst start in 39 years.
Mikel Arteta’s men were rolled over by Wolves at The Emirates on Sunday night – their third successive home defeat.
They managed just two shots on target and are now eight points behind the leaders and next week’s opponents Spurs.
Afterwards Arteta was asked whether he feared the axe, less than 12 months after replacing Unai Emery
The Spaniard claimed “I never worry about it” and in the build up to the game he emphasised Arsenal must “respect the process”.
Sky Sports pundit Keane was asked for his thoughts on Arsenal and he said he feels “a lot of the players aren’t good enough” and that “there is a softness there”.
The Irishman added: “A few weeks ago the cheerleaders were out when they had a decent performance up at United.
“They’ve had one point since then, lost the other two games, and I think they look soft.
“They are probably lacking a bit of confidence. I didn’t see that real fight the manager was talking about. I didn’t see that desire or determination to get a result.”
Later in the Sky coverage, Keane was asked about the prospect of next week’s north London derby and he could not resist a little joke:
“They all seem big at the moment, don’t they? That might be the best game for them to have next week – a derby, no supporters, going away means less pressure maybe than at home?
“But I still think Arsenal have enough to stay up, I think; they’ll be strong enough to stay in the division,” he said with a straight face, before then cracking a smile.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s match was marred by a nasty head clash between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez.
The duo collided when competing for a corner, with the Wolves striker appearing to come off worse.
Luiz was able to continue on until the break, but Jimenez was stretchered off and immediately sent to hospital.
Initially asked about the head clash, Arteta insisted his side followed the necessary protocols after David Luiz was given the green light to continue before being substituted at half-time.
Arteta told Sky Sports: “David [Luiz] is OK. He has a nasty cut and he was conscious. He had a test and was completely fine. We were really worried for Raul Jimenez because it was really nasty.
“When you see the reaction of the players you know something really bad is happening.
“We followed the protocol to check he [Luiz] had not lost any consciousness which he hadn’t and then some tests.
“They will continue to do some more checks on him. He was really uncomfortable and couldn’t really head the ball and couldn’t continue.”