Date: 9th October 2007 at 12:21pm
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Press suggest Patrice Evra believes a defeat will show the flaws in Arsenal’s machine. He said nothing like that, of course.

I don’t really understand why journalists write that Evra doubts Arsenal’s mettle. What he actually said is a very simple truth which nobody can deny.

‘There is no doubt that Arsenal are a stronger side than they were last season, but I don’t think we will know about this team until they lose,’ he told the Sun.

‘That’s the important time when you look to see how a team reacts. It is how you bounce back.

‘We know we can do it. We had a difficult start to the season but we have shown great strength and character and are winning now without conceding any goals.’


He stated that Arsenal are stronger than last season which is evident in my opinion. Another thing he stated is that a defeat and the ability to bounce back from it shows the real strength of a team.

Not even the most biased Gunner can deny that this test of character is waiting for them. Evra did not say Wenger’s team wouldn’t cope: he simply stated it will be important how they react. No doubting, no arrogance, just a simple truth. No need to write spectacular headlines like ‘Evra questions Arsenal’s mettle’. He didn’t do that.

(P.S.: I know that these headlines sell papers but I’m still frustrated by these sort of things.)