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Roy Keane says Man City star is 'almost like a League Two player' in one area after watching him vs Arsenal

Roy Keane says Man City star is 'almost like a League Two player' in one area after watching him vs Arsenal

Roy Keane gave a typically blunt assessment after the match.

Roy Keane has said that Erling Haaland is 'almost like a League Two player' in one key area as he criticised the Manchester City star's all-round performance against Arsenal.

The Norwegian struggled to make an impact at the Etihad Stadium as the two sides drew 0-0.

He missed the ball when attempting to connect with a rebound from a late City corner, in what was an extremely rare off day in front of goal for the prolific forward.

There were just three shots on target across the contest, with City's only recorded attempt on goal being Nathan Ake's header that was saved by David Raya on 15 minutes.

Despite having 72 per cent of the ball, Pep Guardiola's side couldn't break Arsenal down, and the result leaves them three points behind leaders Liverpool in third with nine games to play.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are a point behind the Reds in second with a greater goal difference.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Keane was critical of City's display - and turned his attention to how Haaland performed.

He said: "The levels of his general play are so poor. Not just today - I think his laying stuff off, headers, whatever it might be.

"In front of goal, he's the best in the world.

"But for his general player, for such a player, it is so poor. Not just today - he has to improve that. He's almost like a League Two player, that's how I look at him.

"His general play has to improve, and it will do in the next few years.

"He's been this brilliant striker, he's fantastic, but he has to improve his all round play. He has to."

Haaland will be hoping to get to scoring ways when City host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, with the Arsenal blank being his fifth consecutive game for club and country without a goal.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Roy Keane, Erling Haaland, Arsenal, Manchester City, Football, Premier League