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Arsenal’s lack of quality in attacking areas is their most concerning problem this season, according to Manchester United legend Roy Keane. Arsenal are set for a mid-table finish in the Premier League and failed to reach the latter stages of both domestic cup competitions. Mikel Arteta’s side are in the semi-final of the Europa League but trail Villarreal 2-1 after the first leg in Spain last Thursday.

Arsenal’s defence often came under the microscope in the last few years of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the Emirates.

But Keane believes it is now at the opposite end of the pitch where the issues lie.

“I think they’ve been so poor really,” the pundit said on Sky Sports.

“Usually when we criticise over the years it’s the defensive side of the game, but it’s going forward where they’ve been really poor.

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“They’ve not scored enough goals, it’s eight changes, he’s chopping and changing.

“Of course his priority is [the Europa League]. Yeah the priority this week is of course trying to win that Europa League, get in the Champions League, which would be a major boost for the football club.

“In terms of their league form, they’ve been really poor.”

Keane was speaking ahead of the trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

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The Irishman Newcastle would be looking forward to the match against an out-of-sorts Gunners side.

He continued: “As I said even over the years when Arsenal haven’t been great you still enjoy watching – not not particularly this Arsenal team.

“They’re not great to watch, they’re not great going forward, and if you’re Newcastle and you’re looking at Arsenal today you’ll be rubbing your hands.

“I know their record’s poor against them but this is one of the poorest Arsenal’s teams I’ve ever seen.

“Lack of quality, lack of leadership, lack of characters. I wouldn’t be expecting too much from this team.”

Ahead of the match at St James’ Park, Arteta admitted the Premier League was no longer his priority this season.

“Well, the Premier League is the competition where it is not in our hands to achieve what we wanted to do, because there are other teams in front of us,” the Spaniard said.

“The only thing we can control is our performances and results and this is our main focus.

“Then we know that the semi-final is the crucial moment of the season.”

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