Arsenal’s Community Shield goal-scorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hit back at Roy Keene and his remarks about the current Arsenal team claiming that the Irishman is living in the past.
Just last week Keene slammed the current Arsenal squad, claiming that they were too obsessed with how they looked, and spent more time taking selfies than they did playing football.
“There’s too many Arsenal players interested in selfies and six-packs,’ he said in the build-up to the Community Shield.
“Instead of focusing on winning Premier League titles, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches.”
Chamberlin however insisted that the Gunners were deadly serious about winning trophies, and ending the 12 year wait to win the Premiership title.
“It’s a new era, isn’t it?” he said, suggesting Keane, who at 43 is 22 years his senior, wasn’t keeping up with the times.
“Some people do it, some don’t.
“We’re serious about winning trophies. Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we’ve been serious every single year I’ve been at the club about winning trophies.
“You can see that on the pitch when we’re playing, through the season.
“A lot of people don’t see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are.
“We’ve always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we’ve won a few. This season we want to go that one better (and win the league).”
Adding to Arsenal’s troubles is the on-going feud between Arsene Wenger and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho with Arsenal legend Martin Keown calling on the League Managers’ Association to broker a truce between Wenger and Mourinho before the whole thing gets out of hand.
“At the end of the day it is about respect,” said former England defender Keown.
“I hope the LMA chairman Richard Bevan gets these two guys together and they shake hands.
“We had a good game and at the end it was spoilt because they didn’t.