Patrice Evra has shared that his ‘worry’ for Arsenal in the Premier League title race is that they ‘don’t have the bench’ to compete in this marathon, as he told Amazon Prime Sport.
The former left-back added that he ‘hopes’ Arsenal will enter the January transfer window and add some much-needed players to their ranks, in order to boost their Premier League title chances.
Evra was making these comments at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, after Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0.
That defeat for Spurs stopped Antonio Conte’s side from moving within a point of leaders Arsenal in the Premier League table – their game against Manchester City was postponed because of Europa League commitments.
Nonetheless, Evra was doing punditry work alongside Thierry Henry at Old Trafford, and his fellow countryman’s choice of words interested the Arsenal legend.
“Can I talk about Arsenal?” Evra cheekily asks fellow pundit Thierry Henry. “I say to people that I give so much credit to the Arsenal team.
“The league isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. My worry is that they don’t have the bench. I hope, in January, that they are going to buy more players. If you want to challenge for the league.”
Thierry Henry then interrupted Evra and said ‘You hope? You want them to win the league, then?’
Evra responded: “What did you say? Pardon?” He then jokingly walks away before returning and adding: “If they win the league, the way they start, then well done.”
INJURIES, TRANSFERS & SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON
If Arsenal deal with the above three, then there is no reason why, at a minimum, they shouldn’t secure Champions League football next season.
Some of them come hand in hand, Arsenal will be able to deal with the injuries if they get the correct players through the doors in January.
And if that happens, then when the toughest test of them all arrives from March onwards, then they will be ready to deal with anything that comes their way.
Then, Arsenal fans should just let the ride unfold because this might just be the most special one of them all.