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‘They lack character!’ – Patrice Evra blasts Arsenal and ‘knew’ they might bottle prime 4 final time period

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Arsenal haven’t completed within the prime 4 since 2015-16 (Image: Stadium Astro/Getty)

Patrice Evra has blasted Arsenal for lacking out on the Premier League prime 4 final time period and says he knew it could occur because the squad ‘lacked character’.

The Gunners have failed to achieve the highest 4 the the previous six seasons, ending fifth in 2021-22 after a late collapse handed the ultimate Champions League spot to north London rivals Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta’s aspect have been thumped 3-0 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Might 12, which put Spurs one level behind them with two video games to play.

However the Gunners would go on to lose to Newcastle 4 days later and regardless of victory over Everton on the ultimate day, it was not sufficient as Tottenham held their nerve with wins over Burnley and Norwich.

It meant that Arsenal needed to accept the Europa League following back-to-back eighth-place finishes in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Manchester United legend Evra feels that the Gunners did not make the reduce because of an absence of character within the dressing room.

‘Personally, I knew they might not end within the prime 4,’ Evra instructed Stadium Astro.

Mikel Arteta faces an enormous season as Arsenal look to achieve the highest 4 (Image: Getty)

‘Not as a result of I’m a Manchester United fan, however as a result of they lack character.

‘This 12 months, in the event that they don’t end within the prime 4 [again], folks will say it’s not a profitable season.’

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Tottenham wing-back Ivan Perisic also felt it was ‘obvious’ Arsenal would not finish in the Premier League top four last term after their defeat to Spurs.

Champions League winner Ivan Perisic joined Tottenham this summer time (Image: Getty)

Perisic moved to Tottenham this summer time and revealed that he had his first contact with boss Antonio Conte in March, with their second dialog coming after the north London derby when it was clear Spurs would beat Arsenal to fourth.

‘I believe our first contact was in March,’ Perisic instructed Sky Sports. ‘And the second was once I assume they received towards Arsenal, and it was apparent that possibly they’re going to achieve the Champions League.

‘I all the time needed to play within the Champions League and my want was additionally to attempt to come to the Premier League.

‘Once they reached the Champions League, we spoke and the deal was performed in two days, and it was a lot simpler.’

Tottenham impressed underneath Antonio Conte final season and after a robust switch window many are tipping them to challenge for the Premier League title, including Gary Neville.

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