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Stewart Coggin

Evra’s Arsenal Agenda

By December 10, 2010

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In May last year, Patrice Evra branded Arsenal 'babies' after his Manchester United side defeated them 4-1 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-finals.

"It was 11 men against 11 babies. We never doubted ourselves," Evra remarked after the 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. Later that year, he also took aim at Arsenal's aggressive approach towards him, labeling Gunners players 'shameful'.

On Monday Arsenal travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League and Evra has launched a fresh assault on the London club.

He told Canal Plus: "Arsenal is a training center. I watch them play and enjoy it but will they win the title?"

Evra, of course, is alluding to the fact that Arsenal may be a fine finishing school for young talent, but have not won a trophy since 2005. His tone leaves a little to be desired.

The Gunners may lack silverware, but they are also without the estimated 520 million pounds debt of Manchester United. Yes, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could spend more and that has without doubt contributed to the dry spell, but should we really be condemning the Frenchman for his prudence given the state of the global economy and the debt of other major clubs?

Evra's remarks are something of a cheap shot but if one United player was going to make such statements prior to Monday's game, it was likely to be the former Monaco man, considering his previous.

Given the number of Evra's fellow countrymen that reside in north London, Evra's repeated attacks on Arsenal are more than a little peculiar.

His thrusts from left back are sure to test Bacary Sagna at Old Trafford. Sagna, incidentally, is a player Evra could have badly injured with a horribly late tackle when the pair were playing in the French league in 2005.

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