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Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra believes the first defeat suffered by table
-topping Arsenal will expose the weaknesses in their armour.



Arsenal have begun the season impressively, winning 12 of their 13 matches in all
competitions and drawing the other one. Sunday's 3-2 victory over Sunderland
was their tenth consecutive win, they are unbeaten in any competition since April
7th - 20 games ago - and in the Premier League this season their seven wins
and one draw from eight games puts them top, two points ahead of Manchester
United with a game in hand.

But Manchester United defender Patrice Evra believes Arsenal are fragile beneath
the surface.

The French left-back said: “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 Arsenal team this season until they
lose.

“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.â€

As long as Arsenal are winning, United have to match their results in order to stay
in touch.

But since they lost at Manchester City on August 19th, that is what United have
been doing: they've won every Premier League game since without letting in a
goal.

That is six successive league clean sheets - and one more at Aston Villa on
October 20th will match a club record that dates back to 1924 when they were in
the old Second Division.

Evra said: “I have never played with two stronger centre-backs than Rio
Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

“There is a lot of pride in our defensive record. We feel more and more confident
with each game that we are not going to concede.â€

And United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the Ferdinand-Vidic
patnership at the heart of United's defence is the best since Steve Bruce and
Gary Pallister were together in the early 1990s.

Pallister himself rates Ferdinand and Vidic highly, saying: “The two of them look
more and more confident with each game.

“They can only get better as a partnership. Vidic defends like his life depends on
it.

“Rio has got that quality and class not only to defend but bring the ball out and
start attacks.â€

United utility man John O'Shea added: “You cannot ask for two better central
defenders in Europe, in my opinion.

“I hope they will stay clear of injury because they have been a major influence on
the team keeping the clean sheets.

“For a defender, keeping a clean sheet is like a striker scoring a couple of goals.
With the attacking quality we have, we know if we keep a clean sheet then nine
times out of 10 we are going to win the game.â€

Evra reckons defending champions United are already looking a better team than
they were last season. He told The Sun: “We are stronger throughout the team
than last season.

“At the end of last season we were struggling with injuries and that was one of
the reasons we lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

“I think we have the strength not only to win the league this season but do
better in that competition.â€

*Arsenal did the double over Manchester United last season.
 

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I hope Evra is right. Arsenal havn't played any of the big teams. Liverpool play them on the 27 October at home, so hopefully they can do us a favour. Otherwise we play them on the 3rd november. Arsenal hav had it easy so far but have some of the bigger teams in the next few weeks.
 

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he's right.....they don;t have any experience....they'll fall soon...and MANCHESTER UNITED will regain it's rightfull place.....and that's the 1st place like allways
 

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I always say "don't worry about others - just go to win every game ".....

But.......

It will be helpful if The Arse slip up few times to help us oh yeahhhhhhhhh :p
 

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People who say they dont worry about others are lying. Game to game this might be true but over a season you ALWAYS look to see if your rivals slip up. I get nearly as much satisfaction watching Pool lose than watching a good United victory.
 

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Arsenal have a few hard games coming up now, I think that they have been palying well but i dont think that they have been challenged by anyone big yet, The next few weeks will show, They have to go to Anfield and then 7 days later they play us!
 

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Nemanjaaa said:
The next time they lose may be against us ;) !
Because i think we have them 2/3 games from now !
Yeah Arsenal are two league games away!

Saturday, 20 October 2007
Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa v Man Utd, 17:15

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007
UEFA Champions League
Dynamo Kiev v Man Utd, F, 19:45

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Saturday, 27 October 2007
Barclays Premier League
Man Utd v Middlesbrough, 15:00

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Saturday, 03 November 2007
Barclays Premier League
Arsenal v Man Utd, 12:45
 

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i'm still not convinced arsenal are title contenders, they was lucky against both steua bucharest (think thats spelt right im sure carly will correct me if im wrong) and sunderland
 

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Why am i saying Arsenal - Arsenal will fall to Pool then we'll take advantage of that..

TBH i like Arsenal Playing at home in the begining of the season so that during those "Crunch Time" End of the season they will raly to get results without thier fans...
 

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i like going to our title rivals need the end of the season needing to take points of them thats what footballs about, and better place to show teams who the daddy is than there own back yard
 

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andycole9 said:
i like going to our title rivals need the end of the season needing to take points of them thats what footballs about, and better place to show teams who the daddy is than there own back yard
I agree. As a United fan I love goals, clean sheets, and victories. As a footy fan, I like the season coming down to the final game to determine who places where. It makes the game more exciting and makes rivalry matches all the more intense
 

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Jazz 16 said:
People who say they dont worry about others are lying. Game to game this might be true but over a season you ALWAYS look to see if your rivals slip up. I get nearly as much satisfaction watching Pool lose than watching a good United victory.
Calling me a liar Mr Jazz......?

Ahem - you may be cousin for me but don't push your luck Mr Grrrrrrrr !!! :p
 
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