Man Utd: Patrice Evra’s stories about Arsenal will be tough for their fans to hear

  • Rob Swan
Patrice Evra’s stories from his Man Utd years will be tough for Arsenal fans to hear

Patrice Evra didn’t have a particularly high opinion of Arsenal during his eight-year spell with Manchester United.

Evra was at Old Trafford between 2006-2014, during which Arsenal became less of a force under Arsene Wenger.

By contrast, United won five Premier League titles during Evra’s eight-and-a-half seasons with the Red Devils.

Prior to Evra’s arrival at Man Utd, Arsenal were widely regarded as one of Europe’s best teams.

Just two years earlier, the Gunners’ legendary Invincibles side went the entire 2003-04 season without suffering a single league defeat.

But Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium coincided with a long decline in terms of the club’s success on the pitch.

Eighteen years have now passed since Arsenal last lifted the Premier League trophy.

Arsenal last won the Premier League title in 2004
LONDON – MAY 16: Thierry Henry (L) and Patrick Vieira are seen at the front of the bus outside the Islington Town Hall during the Arsenal Football Club victory parade to show the League Champions with their FA Barclaycard Premiership Trophy on May 16, 2004 in Highbury, London. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Patrice Evra on playing against Arsenal

Speaking on a TV show in Ghana this week, Evra described Arsenal as his “babies” and revealed how one of their players asked to swap shirts with him before half-time.

The former left-back also revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team talks against the Gunners lasted no more than two minutes on occasions.

“When you play against Arsenal, it means you’re playing against your babies,” the Frenchman said. “When you play against Manchester City, you win against your noisy neighbours. When you play against Liverpool, you win against your enemy. When you play against Chelsea, it means you’re going to win the league because Chelsea were the most similar team at the time to United.”

Patrice Evra in action against Arsenal
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Patrice Evra of Manchester United celebrates after team mate Nani scores their side’s fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 28, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The interviewer said: “Arsenal your babies?”

Evra replied: “Thierry Henry is my brother but I always felt it was really easy when I was playing against Arsenal.

“I won’t mention names but after 35 minutes my opponent he was like: ‘Mr Evra, can we swap shirts?’ – because I was going too hard on him.

“And Ferguson before the game when we played against Arsenal, I promise you, his team talk was less than two minutes.

“He said: ‘Guys, it’s Sunday, it’s beautiful weather. This is not Arsenal team like the Thierry Henry, the [Patrick] Vieira… the legends. So I don’t want anyone to f*** up my Sunday. Good luck.’

“So you know that if you upset the old man, you’re dead!”

Legendary Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 13: Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of United looks on from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 13, 2008 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Video: Patrice Evra’s stories about Arsenal

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Pretty damning for Arsenal fans to hear.

They’ll be relieved that the team have come a long way in recent months under Mikel Arteta, who is slowly but surely transforming the players’ mentality and convincing supporters that the club is on the right path again.

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