Man United vs Arsenal Team News: 3 New Injuries Loom Large and A Few Player Back In Action
The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world and it is also one of the most draining. So it does not come as a surprise that the league also has more average injuries per week than any other top flight European league over the years.
The international break has often disrupted the flow of many a clubs and Manchester United and Arsenal are two clubs that are feeling the heat of the break. A number of stars from both clubs are absent on international duty as some have picked up a few niggles.
The duo face each other at Old Trafford after the international break in one of the games of the season and there might be a few players missing from this game for both sides.
With the weekend coming closer, here is a recap of the team news for both sides:
Even before the break, the manager had the likes of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw out of the game against Swansea City. Bailly, who picked up a knee injury, remains a long term absentee for the Red Devils for atleast two months while Chris Smalling’s toe injury is sure to keep him out for some time.
Luke Shaw is back in training and should be ready for the Arsenal game while the fans were given some great news regarding Valencia. The fill back is suffering a broken arm but has undergone a surgery late last month. Though he was ruled out for the long term, it is now understood that he may well be fit and back in action for this game against Arsenal.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is out of the plans while Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a one match suspension for picking up 5 yellow cards already this season. They remain the only other absentees while Marouane Fellaini, who withdrew from the Belgian squad with a calf injury and Wayne Rooney, who withdrew from England’s friendly against Spain at Wembley due to a knee injury are both doubtful for this clash against Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger will be relieved that there are not too many casualties in the international break. The likes of Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez remain the long term injuries for the squad leaving the manager a bit short in attacking options. Neither of them are expected to play any part in the team’s journey before the turn of the year.
But they were give some great news after it was revealed that German defender Per Mertesacker is back in action after nursing a knee-ligament damage he picked up in pre-season. The 32-year old took to Twitter to announce his return and might be in the squad for this game against United. However, with a solid partnership between Koscielny and Mustafi, it is hard to see Mertesacker get back into the first team any time soon.
In what will come as disappointing news, it is now reported that star player Alexis Sanchez, who picked up a slight hamstring niggle earlier in the international break, is set to play against Argentina in the next world cup qualifier and Wenger is reportedly not happy with the Chile boss for taking a risk. If Sanchez can complete 90 minutes without an injury, it will be interesting to see if Wenger uses him against United or give him a rest.
He is not the only casualty as Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is ruled out of the United game. The midfielder was dropped from the Spain national squad nursing an Achilles injury he picked up last month and he is not expected to be back in action this weekend, making him an absentee for this game. Hector Bellerin, who also missed the international games with an Ankle injury , is expected to be back in action.
Who do you think will get all three points from this crunch clash at the weekend?
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