Pundit slams Roy Keane after claim about potential £60m Arsenal deal

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Roy Keane made headlines for some negative comments about Arsenal on Saturday night.

Speculation is rife that the Gunners want to sign Leicester City playmaker James Maddison, who reportedly wants a move to North London.

But Keane, speaking during the Foxes’ Community Shield win over Manchester City, suggested that a switch to the Emirates Stadium represented a ‘backwards step’ for the 24-year-old.

Leicester have finished above Arsenal in each of the past two seasons.

But former Gunners defender Perry Groves has told talkSPORT that Keane is a ‘silly man’ and rubbished the idea that a transfer to Mikel Arteta’s side is regressive of Maddison.

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He said: “Roy Keane is being very silly. A very silly man. Arsenal are a miles bigger club. You’re under far more pressure. The expectations… Leicester are better on the pitch, they’re a better team.

“They are further ahead but James Maddison, if you go to the bigger clubs, you’re judged on the level. If he bought into a project where he would be the 10, going there and being part of a resurgence of a massive club like Arsenal.”

Keane is wrong

Arsenal are absolutely a bigger club and one of the perks of being among England’s elite is that you’re never too far away from being massive on the pitch again, either.

Granted it has been 17 years since the Gunners won a Premier League title.

But if this £60 million transfer does wind up going through, it’ll perfectly sum up the club’s ambition after already dropping £50 million on Ben White.

Clearly Arsenal have exciting plans in store – and the Leicester star wouldn’t be faulted for wanting to be involved.

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