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Jakub Kiwior responds to Roy Keane’s criticism

Roy Keane was not impressed with Jakub Kiwior’s role in Brighton’s first goal.

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Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior
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Roy Keane was not impressed with Jakub Kiwior’s role in Brighton’s first goal during the defeat at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday.

The first goal scored by Enciso proved to be just the start of Brighton’s emphatic 0-3 victory at the Emirates on Sunday and with that result left Arsenal’s title hopes on the floor, as Kiwior was for the goal that broke the deadlock.

Jakub Kiwior on the floor as Brighton opened the scoring. [Image Credit: Getty Images]

Enciso’s goal was the centre of controversy as just moments before the goal, Brighton striker Evan Ferguson appears to have stepped on Jakub Kiwior’s boot, leaving the Pole down injured holding his ankle.

Going down in the box like the Arsenal defender did for Brighton’s opener didn’t go down well with many people. The overall consensus was he should have stayed on his feet and waited until the attack was over.

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The loudest criticism was from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who shared his thoughts on the matter by saying: “You talk about putting your body on the line, last-ditch defending and stuff, you don’t stay down like that. His boot came off, his foot didn’t come off.”

Gary Neville also agreed with his former teammate by stating:”If you’re injured, you’re injured. But as a centre half, surely you just have to stand up and let the attack finish?”

After the match, Kiwior had an interview for a Polish television and he looked back on the incident, giving his verdict.

“I felt contact and lost my boot and didn’t even see the goal. I hoped VAR would intervene and chalk off the goal, but unfortunately the ref saw it differently.”

“After we conceded the second our heads dropped and we couldn’t come back.”

So far this season, Jakub Kiwior made five Premier League appearances, been a starter in the last three games, where he picked many praises because of his composure and passing ability.

Coming to Arsenal in January from Spezia, there is no doubt that he will be a massive asset to Mikel Arteta’s side next season, with Champions League in the equation, and he’s already showed glimpses of why the Arsenal boss was so keen on signing him.

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