MAN MAN UTD Man Utd legend Evra ‘knew I was going to win’ against Arsenal – and welcomed Van Persie to ‘man’s club’ when he arrived
PATRICE EVRA put the boot in on childish Arsenal after their defeat at Sheffield United, saying he "always knew" he would beat the Gunners.
Unai Emery's side put in another weak performance as they came away from Bramall Lane with nothing.
Lys Mousset's sliding finish from close range proved to be the only goal of the game.
But the former Manchester United left-back was not at all shocked by the performance and result, a decade after first coining Arsenal "babies".
Evra said: "When I used to play against Arsenal, I always knew we were going to win the game.
"I’m not surprised by Arsenal and I told you that before the game, make sure they don’t fall in the trap.
“I used to call them my babies ten years ago and they’re still, when I look at them, my babies and that’s the truth.
“I’m not being disrespectful when I say that, it’s just the feeling I got with this team.
“They look pretty, they look good but they don’t look like a winning team. They’re just here playing good football."
Evra recalled when Manchester United signed Robin van Persie from the Gunners in 2012.
The move angered plenty of Arsenal fans who felt betrayed but the Frenchman was confident Van Persie had made the right switch - and was stepping up to a bigger and better club.
He added: “Even when Robin van Persie came and the first day I shook his hand and I said, ‘Welcome to a man club.’
“At the beginning he was upset but after one month he said, ‘You’re completely right Patrice.’ And that’s my feeling."
Sky Sports studio guest Evra was also critical of the current crop of players, in particular the newly-appointed captain, but did have some praise for his countryman Matteo Guendouzi.
“Guendouzi is the best in midfield but he is a player who was playing in the second league in France and he was even not playing regularly, and he’s the best player on this team.
“I know some are fuming when they see Granit Xhaka is the captain of Arsenal. He's not a proper captain.
‘I respect them, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, but you can see if those guys don’t score goals, they are in trouble and nothing’s changed.
“I am like, ‘Where is Arsene? Where is Wenger?’ because it’s the same.”