Rob Holding rubbishes Patrice Evra’s branding of Arsenal as ‘babies’ after Sheffield United defeat

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ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Rob Holding of Arsenal during the Arsenal Press Conference at London Colney on October 23, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Holding was on the bench for the loss to Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)

Rob Holding has dismissed Patrice Evra’s criticism of Arsenal after he labelled the Gunners ‘babies’ following their defeat to Sheffield United.

Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at Sheffield and former Manchester United defender Evra laid into the players’ mentality after the result.

Holding was on the bench for the loss, but insisted Evra was wide of the mark with his comments.

He said: ‘What [Evra] says doesn’t affect me personally. I know what I am and how I like to play.

Patrice Evra delivered a stinging assessment of Arsenal (Picture: Sky Sports)
Patrice Evra delivered a stinging assessment of Arsenal (Picture: Sky Sports)

‘He’s got his opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just as a group of players we knew it would be a fight.

‘We made sure everyone know that in the changing room [before game]. It was going to be a fight. We know how they’re going to play.’

‘We knew they’d go for second balls and play off set-pieces and we just had to match that.’

Evra held nothing back in his assessment of Arsenal’s character, claiming he always knew as a player they were a fragile side.

‘Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal,’ Evra said on Sky Sports.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Arsenal players Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi line up a free kick during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)
Holding insists there is not a mentality issue in the squad (Picture: Getty)

‘I used to call them “my babies” 10 years ago, and they are still, when I look at them and think they are “my babies”… that’s the truth.

‘I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.

‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team.

‘They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win.’

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