Patrice Evra has blasted for missing out on the Premier League top four last term and says he knew it would happen as the squad ‘lacked character’.
The Gunners have failed to reach the top four the the past six seasons, finishing fifth in 2021-22 after a late collapse handed the final spot to north rivals Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta’s side were thumped 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, which put Spurs one point behind them with two games to play.
But the Gunners would go on to lose to Newcastle four days later and despite victory over on the final day, it was not enough as Tottenham held their nerve with wins over Burnley and Norwich.
It meant that Arsenal had to settle for the Europa League following back-to-back eighth-place finishes in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Manchester United legend Evra feels that the Gunners failed to make the cut due to a lack of character in the dressing room.
‘Personally, I knew they would not finish in the top four,’ Evra told .
‘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.’
after their defeat to Spurs.
Perisic moved to Tottenham this summer and revealed that he had his first contact with boss Antonio Conte in March, with their second conversation coming after the north London derby when it was clear Spurs would beat Arsenal to fourth.
‘I think our first contact was in March,’ Perisic told . ‘And the second one was when I think they won against Arsenal, and it was obvious that maybe they’re going to reach the Champions League.
‘I always wanted to play in the Champions League and my wish was also to try to come to the Premier League.
‘When they reached the Champions League, we spoke and the deal was done in two days, and it was much easier.’
Tottenham impressed under Antonio Conte last season and after a strong transfer window .
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