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Gunners are more interested in 6 packs & selfies than EPL trophies .. it's about hair, body image not football; ROY KEANE EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: Ciaran o'Raghallaigh

Roy Keane reckons Arsenal won't be in the title picture this season - because too many of their players are obsessed with taking selfies.

Some pundits are tipping the Gunners to be contenders after winning back-to-back FA Cups but Manchester United legend Keane isn't convinced.

The last of their championship successes came back in 2004 when Keane's United side regularly slugged it out for supremacy with Arsene Wenger's men.

And the Ireland assistant boss can't see the title drought ending when he looks at Wenger's current crop and sees players more concerned with their image than winning silverware.

Arsenal will look to make a statement of intent today when they take on champions Chelsea in the Community Shield.

But Keane believes Jose Mourinho's men will walk away with the big prize come May.

He said: "There are too many Arsenal players interested in selfies - whatever they are.

"Instead of focusing on winning Premier League titles, it's all about how their bodies look, how their hair is. They have really good players, it's just one or two of them are more interested in selfies and six packs.

"Chelsea are the team to beat, with the strongest spine. They are after John Stones from Everton and if they add him...

"If Chelsea's players show the same hunger and desire they did last year, they'll win the league.

"Mourinho has bloody good players - John Terry, their keeper, the two lads in the middle of the park, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard. They also now have Radamel Falcao in the background."

Keane's old club United haven't been in title contention since Fergie retired in 2013 but are expected to put up a better fight this season.

Louis van Gaal has spent big again this summer, splashing out on Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero.

Keane, though, reckons that heralds a return to the dark days of the 1980s when United spent big and failed to deliver.

He said: "United have gone away from what they were about.

"They are a bit like the late 80s, buying a lot of players thinking they will gel - but it doesn't happen that quickly.

"They'll definitely be stronger this year yet I still don't think the spine of United is strong enough. They need a centre half maybe.

"United will no doubt be better but if I was a betting man, which I'm not, I'd still go with Chelsea."

Big-spending Manchester City made a splash in the summer by snapping up Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. Keane, though, still feels their squad is weak when compared to that at Stamford Bridge. He said: "Man City bought one or two but I don't think City's dressing room has been improved by the players they've brought in "I'm not sure many would get into the Chelsea team anyhow.

"I don't think City or United have enough - and Liverpool certainly haven't."

''If " Today's clash at Wembley is the traditional curtain-raiser for the English season but it would be foolish to read anything into the result - as last year proved beyond doubt.

then Arsenal crushed Manchester City 3-0 to raise hopes that they were ready to mount a challenge for title glory.

The reality proved somewhat different as a shocking start in the Premier League saw them trail Chelsea by 11 points after just six matches of the season.

There were some mitigating factors as weary World Cup winners Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil took time to get up to speed while French duo Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were crocked.

That won't be an issue this time around and Wenger knows his players need to fly out of the traps to stay in title contention.

He said: "Chelsea started strongly and we didn't. After six games we were 11 points behind and we finished 13 points adrift. That means after six games the decision was made.

"There were reasons, that's for sure. We lost Giroud, Koscielny and Ozil for four months, right from the start.

"Danny Welbeck also didn't arrive until August 31. This season it is different."

Arsenal's hopes of maintaining a title challenge have also faltered in the past due to poor goalkeeping - a problem that the PS10million signing of Petr Cech looks set to cure.

And maybe this will be the season when the Arsenal fans see the best of Ozil.

The languid style of the 26-year-old midfielder conceals a determination to succeed that has not always been obvious to punters.

show and But Wenger has no doubts about the quality of the man he secured from Real Madrid for PS42.5m.

year league '' He said: "You come with me for a week in training and you will never think that I made a mistake signing him.

"In the second part of last season he started to really adapt but this is now the test.

"It is a very important season for him. I'm confident he can become one of the great players of 2015-16. ButIwant more goals from him."

'If Chelsea's players show the same hunger and desire they did last year then they'll win the league"


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Date:Aug 2, 2015
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