Patrice Evra has criticized Arsenal for failing to finish in the top four of the Premier League last season and claims that he knew it would happen because the team “lacked spirit.”
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The Gunners haven’t finished in the top four in any of the previous six seasons, finishing fifth in 2021–22 after a late meltdown gave north London rivals Tottenham the final Champions League ticket.
On May 12, Mikel Arteta’s team was destroyed 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, putting Spurs one point behind them with two games remaining.
However, the Gunners would ultimately lose to Newcastle four days later, and despite winning against Everton on the penultimate day, Tottenham held on to defeat Burnley and Norwich.
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Arsenal had to accept the Europa League as a result of consecutive eighth-place finishes in 2019–20 and 2020–21. Evra, a former player for Manchester United, believes that the lack of character in the Arsenal locker room contributed to their failure to advance.
Evra told Stadium Astro:
Personally, I knew they would not finish in the top four. Not because I’m a Manchester United fan, but because they lack character.
This year, if they don’t finish in the top four [again], people will say it is not a successful season