Former Arsenal defender: Roy Keane 'was a pussycat'

Roy Keane Signing Autographs as Man Utd player

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has labelled Ex-Manchester United and Celtic player Roy Keane a pussycat.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says that Roy Keane was a 'pussycat' when he used to take him on.

Keown and Roy Keane faced each other on countless occasions throughout their playing-days, but the Gunners centre-back says that he was never intimidated by the Manchester United midfielder.

"Roy was a pussycat! I wouldn't say he was scary," Keown said to the Daily Mail. 

"He was always so fired up and motivated, as motivated an opponent as you could come across. But he didn’t scare me.

"He always played with determination and there’s nothing intimidating about that. The players that tried to frighten you often came from the likes of Wimbledon or Crystal Palace.

"They would try to intimidate but that just motivated me to be a bit more crazy. You just have to fight fire with fire, but I didn't really find individuals that scared me.

"You can’t go into a football match with fear. If you’re in a decent team, you don’t fear anybody.

"I could see opponents looking at our Arsenal team in the tunnel and see fear in their eyes, but it never went the other way around."

Keane has established a reputation as being on of football's hard-men and his straight talking attitude divides opinion.

On the pitch he was never one to give an inch and off it his demeanour has been similarly stern.

Keane, who also represented Celtic in his playing days, will go down as one of the greatest enforcers to have ever played in England's top flight, but Keown clearly never felt threatened by his presence.

The pair took each-other on when the Arsenal and United rivalry was more severe than it currently is.

In those days, the pair were regularly competing for the title and whilst there is still generally a feisty feeling to the games between the two sides it is nothing on the bitterness that was involved in the early 2000's. 

Keane has caused quite a media frenzy in recent weeks with statements, but Keown's comments today may have taken him down a few pegs and it will be interesting to see whether the United man reacts to it. 

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