Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra criticised Arsenal’s “weak mentality” and labelled them “babies” following their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
The Gunners’ stuttering away form in the Premier League continued as they missed the chance to go third in the table after Lys Mousset’s first-half strike gave Sheffield United the three points at Bramall Lane on Monday Night Football.
Evra, who was a guest on MNF, revealed he used to refer to Arsenal as “babies” during his United career and believes nothing has changed at the club since Arsene Wenger’s departure.
“Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal,” he told Monday Night Football.
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“I used to call them ‘my babies’ 10 years ago, and they are still when I look at them and think they are ‘my babies’… that’s the truth – I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.
“They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team. They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them because I knew I was going to win.
“Even when Robin van Persie came, and on the first day I shook his hand, and I said, ‘welcome to a man’s club’. In the beginning, he was upset, but after one month he said, ‘you were completely right, Patrice’.
“I just don’t see any leadership. I don’t see any character or any personality. They look weak mentally.
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“They have big players in David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but there has been something missing for a few years now.
“Matteo Guendouzi was playing in midfield, but before he was playing in the French second league and he was not even playing regularly – and he’s the best player in this team.
“I respect Aubameyang and Lacazette, but if those two guys don’t score, they’re in trouble, and nothing changes. I’m like, ‘where is Arsene?’ It is the same.”