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Wenger: Evra Lacking in Respect after Arsenal “Crisis” Comments

Patrice Evra Patrice Evra of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester United and Bursaspor Kulubu at Old Trafford on October 20, 2010 in Manchester, England.

The build up and tough talk before big games like the Arsenal – United clash on Monday are always fiesty. There are always the outspoken players, passionate about their own club and slightly disrespectful to the opposition club in attempt to fuel the fire and tension that will be carried into the game. Patrice Evra is the bearer of this burden this time, and he has faced a cool back lash from Arsene Wenger.

Evra stated that Arsenal were in crisis due to the lack of trophies in the past few years, whilst claiming that Arsenal have no chance of winning the league, he also suggested that Arsenal are simply a “training centre” for youngsters.

Wenger is a footballing manager. He likes to play and watch good football, and he also likes to win – but on the pitch in a war of footballing skills, not a war of words. Wenger dismissed Evra’s comments:

“He gave you some good stuff to make it all hot before the game. We are guided by the way we want to play football and not by the statements of anybody who plays against us. Personally, I believe if you are a big player you always respect your opponent and that is what we try to do.”

“We want to focus on the way we want to play and ignore any provocation before a game. We are motivated by the desire to win the game and by the quality of the football we want to play.”

Patrice Evra isn’t inexperienced when it come to controversy. He was after all involved in the disgrace of a French side at the World Cup who proved an absolute shambles in which he was the captain. The Frenchman will have to stay out of trouble on Monday though as the two big clubs take to the stage in the battle for first place – he could be up against the speedy Theo Walcott and the (very) in form Samir Nasri. If anything, he should be afraid… very afraid.



  1. clevblue

    December 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Evra is a two – hat. Wenger is quite right. I hope you stuff the rags on Monday (from a ManCity fan)

  2. juanizy

    December 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Evra go and sleep or better shut up it was ur antics that led to france disgraceful showing at the world cup.arsenal and nasri will surprise you on monday.
    just make sure you were waist guard cos nasri and walcott wud twist and wind you.imbecile with no respect.look at this fool that was picked frm french league and polished.when nasri was in marseille him and ribbery were stars already,big ugly black fool…go suck fergies dick

    • Agwabiri

      December 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      can u guys pls shut up for a second, thats the worlds best left back you are talking to, haters!!!!!

  3. killer

    December 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    According to Blanc, Patrice Evra cannot pass wind let alone ‘O’levels.

  4. Brigham

    December 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Evra is always attempting to stir it up before Arsenal v Man Utd games and is nothing but a useless, cheap and insignificant prat.

    You are crap Evra, always have been and always will be, now go and play with Uncle Fergie you cheap imitation.

  5. Dr.Funmi a.k.a 2nd wenger in Nigeria

    December 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Evra knows nothin abt arsenal football,he’s just blabbing.who is better than nasri in their mildfield?no one so shut up and wait 4monday.

  6. anonymous

    December 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm


    His parents knew what he will be like,in his name,obvious.

  7. juanizy

    December 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    @ Agwabiri who told you evra is the world best left back .you are rattling.just shut up and leave this site is meant for arsenal fans only

  8. realistic tony

    December 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    have you noticed that when some gobshite player criticizes the opposition before a match it seems to work against him. Lets hope it works on monday and his words are rammed down his ugly throat!

  9. bluemoon

    December 11, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Evra said the real story but lacked in respect even if it’s true but not the whole story . Win the game is not only the score but it should concern in the way to win ,sometime referee give a little bit advantage ,sometime players injured but finally, the manager’s ego (the line between philosophy and method to win) is Arsene Wenger should decide and Arsenal fans also stand beside. I n Arsene, we trust.

  10. Eleanor

    December 11, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Let’s see …

    Laurent Blanc tells Evra and Ribery that, right now, they have no automatic place in the France team.

    A team with Sagna, Clichy, Diaby, and its newest superstar Samir Nasri.

    And within 24 hours Evra comes out with this tosspiss about Arsenal.

    What a dick.

  11. Tone

    December 14, 2010 at 4:37 am

    So yea, the game is over and ManUnited’s defence was too much for Arsenal. Nasri, Walcott, Chamakh, Van Persie, no one could find a way in.
    Neither Nasri nor Walcott could “twist and wind” him. Clearly United was the better team with more chances.
    Stop talking smack about Evra, he backs it up in the pitch as you saw in the match!!

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