Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra hit out at Arsenal’s weak mentality following their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday night.
Unai Emery’s side struggled on a difficult night for The Gunners at Bramall Lane as they fell to a Lys Mousset goal in the first half and failed to find the response needed in the second.
Arsenal’s season has been hit and miss so far but a win would have lifted them to third in the Premier League table, however their defensive frailties were on show yet again as The Blades picked up a huge three points.
Evra was in the Sky Sports studio for last night’s game and was highly critical of Arsenal’s performance.
The former Man United and France defender outlined that when he played The Gunners during his Premier League career he felt they were like his “babies” and that he doesn’t believe anything has changed at the club since then
“Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal,” he told Monday Night Football.
“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.
Evra continued by highlighting that when Robin van Persie arrived at United from Arsenal the defender explained to him that he would finally be joining a ‘man’s club, and elaborated on the “weak mentality” he believes they possess.
“Even when Robin van Persie came, and on the first day I shook his hand, and I said, ‘welcome to a man’s club’. At 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.
“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.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 21, 2019