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Roy Keane is left ‘disappointed’ by Arsenal

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Roy Keane wanted to see more from Arsenal in their 1-0 FA Cup fourth round defeat to Manchester City on Friday night.

Nathan Ake’s fantastic finish in the second half condemned the Gunners to defeat, despite the efforts of Leandro Trossard on his full debut, as City drew first blood in the tussle for dominance in England.

Keane felt that there was more to come from Arsenal, who had to react after going a goal down to City, but were unable to draw level again and force the replay at the Emirates.

‘They’ve set such high standards over the last few months,’ Keane began. ‘I thought we’d get more from Arsenal tonight, I’m disappointed.

‘We saw the experience of the last few years, how to win games. One lapse from Arsenal and they were punished.

There is more to come from City but it’s about getting the job done in the cup.’

The Gunners had created opportunities in the opening period, with Trossard, Eddie Nketiah and Takehiro Tomiyasu all coming close.

But they struggled to make inroads against a resolute City defence in the second half as they chased the game.

Mikel Arteta had made six changes to the starting XI, and continued to tinker with his side throughout the game as he made all five changes available to him.

Having left several of his stars on the bench, Arteta called upon Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko in the second half.

Yet his side were unable to create chances with the free-flowing regularity that they have showed at times this season.

‘They had to react, they were going out the cup,’ the former Irish international continued. ‘We were expecting a bit more, but they showed glimpses.

‘Brilliant defending, a little bit of luck, but you need more than that to beat Man City.’

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