Roy Keane labelled Arsenal ‘a shambles’ and reserved stinging criticism for captain Jack Wilshere following their Europa League defeat to Ostersunds on Thursday.
The Gunners lost 2-1 on the night at the Emirates but progressed to the last-16 courtesy of a 4-2 on aggregate.
Ostersund, who fell to a 3-0 defeat in the first leg last week, scored twice in the space of a minute in the first half to give the Swedish side hope of a stunning turnaround.
Hosam Aiesh’s shot was deflected into his own net by Calum Chambers after 22 minutes and moments later Ken Sema lashed home a second for the visitors.
Sead Kolasinac eased some home nerves with a close-range finish just after half-time and Arsenal saw out the game to win 4-2 on aggregate.
Arsene Wenger admitted his side lacked focus and “had no ideas on the ball” but Keane was even more scathing of Arsenal’s attitude.
“Arsenal are a great example of how not to start a game of football,” Keane told ITV. “They are so slow out of the blocks.
“Poor attitude, no energy, no desire. It’s not like a light switch, you can’t just turn it on and off.
“A lot of that will come from the manager and his coaching staff, but ultimately it has to come from the player. You have to motivate yourself. You have your pride and you want to do well for yourself, your team-mates, your family and to turn up like that was a shambles.
“We have seen it so many times from Arsenal. They went to Nottingham Forest with exactly the same attitude and lost. You make excuses for Arsenal all the time, but it’s a load of rubbish. The Arsenal players must drive you crazy. A shambles.
“You look for your senior players to lead by example. When Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most overrated player on the planet.”