Thursday 23 November 2017

Patrice Evra: Arsenal are a club in 'crisis'

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has branded Arsenal a "crisis club" and ridiculed their five-year trophy drought in an incendiary attack on Arsene Wenger's

Patrice Evra has branded Arsenal a
Patrice Evra has branded Arsenal a "crisis club". Photo: PA

Vicki Hodges

Arsenal make the trip to Old Trafford as Premier League leaders, but Evra has dismissed their credentials as potential champions and highlighted Chelsea as their "real enemy", despite Carlo Ancelotti's side's recent dismal run.

"For me, Arsenal is a football training centre. You watch the match, you enjoy it, but are you going to win a title afterwards? That's what people remember," Evra said.

"It has been five years since they won anything and for a big club like Arsenal, that is a crisis."

Arsenal have yet to win a piece of silverware in five years but are through to the Carling Cup semi-finals this season and reached the last 16 of the Champions League with victory over Partizan Belgrade in their final group match in midweek.

Victory for Arsene Wenger's side on Monday, meanwhile, would move them four points clear of Man United and see them retain top spot regardless of Chelsea's result against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Not that Evra is too concerned by Arsenal's current lofty position and threat they may cause at Old Trafford.

"We can lose against them, but at the end of the day, what is there for Arsenal? There is nothing. There are no trophies, there is nothing," he said.

"Our real enemy is Chelsea. We are more concerned with Chelsea's results than those of Arsenal, even if we know Arsenal are a great team who can beat Chelsea, us or anyone."

The Frenchman did, however, praise Arsenal's brand of football and acknowledged that at least an entertaining and attractive game would be in store for fans - even if Wenger's side do lack that killer instinct.

"When we play against Arsenal, it is really fun," he said. "They are a team that plays football who will not come to Old Trafford with 11 men behind the ball.

"We also play football, but the difference is that we also have strength. Sometimes, they cannot kill off matches. We are more efficient."

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