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Patrice Evra labels Arsenal a 'baby club' as he reveals Robin Van Persie agreed

Patrice Evra has revealed he used to refer to Arsenal as a 'baby team' when speaking to Robin van Persie about the Dutchman's former club.

And the former France international says that the Dutch striker could understand the message behind his mocking tone once he arrived at Manchester United.

Van Persie joined United in 2012 in a bid to win trophies, having won just a solitary FA Cup winner's medal during his eight-year stay at Arsenal.

He lifted the Premier League in his first season at Old Trafford, and Evra insists the work ethic at United was like nothing the forward had experienced before.

‘I give you an example when Robin van Persie joined Man United,’ Evra said on ITV's World Cup coverage.

First of all when he came I said "welcome to a proper team, a man team, not a baby team".

‘And he laughed, but he understood straight away because I remember him saying: "Patrice, to be fair, I just feel like now I’m playing for a big team because all of you win many trophies, many medals, and you still go in the gym before training, going in the gym after training".

‘Robin was like a kid, he was just like amazed about that. When he looked at us he’d say: "when I see all of you guys, I have to work hard because I want to win, I want to win trophies".’ 

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