Patrice Evra has praised Arsenal as the Premier League leaders prepare to face Manchester United and admits the perfect start to the season “scares” him.
The Gunners have made a brilliant start to the 2022-23 season, winning their first five games to climb to the top of the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished fifth last season, will look to maintain their momentum when they travel to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United suffered two disappointing defeats at the start of the season but are back on track after winning three in a row, most recently against Leicester City on Thursday night.
“This game is the beauty of the Premier League and it’s difficult to predict,” Evra told Betfair.
“I think United will have to play in a similar way to how they played against Liverpool, in this survival mode they might even have to be a bit lucky.
“In that game against Liverpool, Klopp’s side had many chances to win the game but let’s give credit to United. Now they don’t want to lose any more games, they risk their lives to prevent goals from being conceded.
“Arsenal are in great form, they are winning ugly games and that scares me. It wasn’t a good game against Fulham, but they won.
“Let’s be clear, Arsenal fear Man United, there’s a powerful history between the two. I used to call them “our babies”, now it’s the other way around and we look more like the babies.
“It’s going to be difficult and speaking to my heart I say United but anything can happen.”
One of Arsenal’s best players so far this season has been summer signing of £50m Gabriel Jesus, who scored his third goal for the club in the midweek 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Manchester United legend Evra has been impressed by Jesus’ form and said he is a player who could ‘hurt’ his former club this weekend.
The five-time Premier League winner added: “I’ve always been impressed by Gabriel Jesus. I think when he played with City there were too many stars and Aguero was there too.
“It was difficult for him but you can see now that he loves to play every weekend and if you allow him to play every weekend then you see more of the real Gabriel Jesus.
“He’s already a leader, not in the sense that he’s yelling at people, but with his movement, the way he holds the ball and his goals.
“That has been missing so far. Even when he scored at City I didn’t see that killer instinct. Now that he’s at Arsenal he has that responsibility and he has to score.
“It’s not like things are going to be okay if he doesn’t score. You can see now that people will blame him if he doesn’t score and he takes that responsibility with a smile and a joy.
“It’s really dangerous. When a player plays with that kind of positivity, smile, and happiness, they can hurt you.
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