Erik ten Hag will face a number of big injury concerns when Arsenal hosts Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal will host Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday in their hardest Premier League match of the season. The Gunners have seven points from a possible nine so far this season, with two wins and a late draw against ten-man Fulham last weekend.
Mikel Arteta’s team selection decisions have left many people perplexed, with Gabriel Magalhaes left out and Thomas Partey at right-back. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defended his decision by noting Oleksandr Zinchenko’s injury.
“I can’t do it.” “I have different players,” he remarked when asked why he was reverting to last season’s team. “Zinchenko was hurt, Granit wasn’t here, how could I do that?” Unless we can get them back. That, I believe, is not going to happen.
“It’s different, and it’ll be different, and the energy will be different, because it’s a different season.” That’s the allure of it. The beauty of anything fresh, which I like the most. Many things can still be done far better. Let’s get started.”
Along with Zinchenko’s fitness issues, the north Londoners will be without Jurrien Timber for the duration of the 2023/24 season due to a catastrophic ACL injury. However, except that, Arteta is close to having a fully healthy squad at his disposal, which cannot be said for Erik ten Hag at United.
Man United’s team appeared to be in good form with only Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo, and Amad Diallo missing, but they have subsequently been dealt a treble injury blow. Following their loss to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United issued two club statements, stating that Mason Mount and Luke Shaw had both sustained injuries.
“Mason Mount is set to miss Saturday’s game against Nottingham Forest due to an injury sustained last weekend against Tottenham Hotspur,” stated the Mount statement. Mount is scheduled to be sidelined until the international break next month due to the minor complaint.
“Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has sustained an injury that will keep him out of the next few games,” the statement said of Shaw. “The muscle problem is still being evaluated, but the England left-back is expected to be out for a few weeks.”
Ten Hag was queried about the injured duo ahead of the Nottingham Forest match, but he remained tight-lipped about the situation. “‘We can’t do that,” he replied when pushed for a more specific prognosis. “They will be gone for a while.” Luke will be absent for a longer period of time than Mason.”
Raphael Varane is poised to miss the match against Arsenal after suffering an injury last weekend. “He had complaints, and we didn’t want to risk him,” ten Hag explained when asked why he was substituted at halftime. “We have Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof to replace him, so we don’t take a chance.” He had complaints, and if it’s really awful, I’m afraid we’ll have to wait.”
However, there is some good news for Manchester United, as ten Hag has confirmed that new acquisition Rasmus Hojlund will be eligible to face Arsenal. “We had a good training week, and the final training is on Saturday,” he remarked. “He’s doing well, so he will be available.”
Meanwhile, deadline day arrival Sofyan Amrabat’s availability is in doubt, as he only joined the club on Friday. Amrabat will not be able to play against Arsenal since his transfer was not completed by the deadline. Tom Heaton, the goalkeeper, is also injured.