Evra used to call Arsenal ‘our babies’ but claims tables have now turned

PATRICE EVRA has stated how Arsenal are “scaring” him ahead of their trip to Manchester United on Sunday.

The Red Devils legend has revealed how he used to call the Gunners “our babies”, but now he fears Mikel Arteta’s rampant side.


Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has heaped praise on ArsenalCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Arsenal go into the weekend’s clash sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table with a hundred per cent record having won all five of their matches.

They have left it late in their last two matches to claim all three points, with fans and pundits left fawning over their free-flowing football.

Meanwhile United are in fifth after winning three on the bounce as they appear to have put their early season woes behind them.

Despite Arsenal winning just once at the Theatre of Dreams in the top-flight since the 2006-07 season, Evra has declared how he feels the tables have now turned.

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Speaking the Betfair, the 41-year-old said: “This game is the beauty of the Premier League. This is a tough one to predict.

“I think United will have to play in a similar way like they did against Liverpool, in that survival mode, they may even have to get some luck.

“In that game against Liverpool, [Jurgen] Klopp’s side had many chances to win the game but let’s give credit to United.

“Now, they don’t want to lose any games, they are putting their lives on the line to prevent conceding goals.


“Arsenal are in great form, they are winning ugly games and that’s what is scaring me.

“Against Fulham, it wasn’t a good game but they won. Let’s be clear, Arsenal fear Man United, there’s a massive history between the two.

“I used to call them ‘our babies’, now it’s the other way round and we’re looking more like the babies.

“This is going to be a tough one and talking with my heart I’ll say United, but anything can happen.”

Evra then lauded Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who has fired in three goals since joining from Manchester City.

He remarked: “I’ve always been impressed with Gabriel Jesus. I think when he was playing with City there were too many stars and [Sergio] Aguero was still there too.

“It was difficult for him, but you can see now that he is so happy to play every weekend, and when you allow him to play every weekend that’s when you see more of the real Gabriel Jesus.

“He’s already a leader, not in the sense that he is going to shout at people, but with his movement, the way he keeps the ball and his goals.

“That’s what has been missing. Even if he scored goals at City, I didn’t see that killer instinct.

“Now, playing at Arsenal he has that responsibility, and he needs to score.

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“It’s not as if things are fine if he doesn’t score, you can see now that people will blame him if he’s not scoring and he’s taking that responsibility with a smile and happiness.

“This is really dangerous. When a player plays with that kind of positivity, smile and happiness, he can hurt you.”