Arsene Wenger hits back at Roy Keane's criticism of 'overrated' Jack Wilshere

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger hit back at Roy Keane's comments that Jack Wilshere is "probably the most overrated player on the planet."

Keane didn't hold back in his criticism of Arsenal after they lost 2-1 to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, a result that still saw them go through 4-2 on aggregate.

Wilshere was captain for that game but was part of a lacklustre performance from Arsenal, who trailed 2-0 at halftime.

"You look for your senior players to lead by example, Keane, the former Manchester United midfielder, said on ITV after the game. "When Wilshere is your captain ... to me, he is probably the most overrated player on the planet."

When told of the comments at his news conference on Friday ahead of the Carabao Cup final, Wenger sighed.

"Personally, I rate Jack very highly. After that, you can have opinions," Wenger said. "Jack was in a team last night who didn't perform well, so it was not easy for him as well. Was it one of his best performances last night? Certainly not. Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody."

Wilshere has returned to full fitness this season after a long history of injuries and has re-established himself as a regular starter in Wenger's side in recent months.

He also captained Arsenal at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semifinals, but has yet to agree to a new contract with his current deal expiring this summer.