The biggest game of this weekend’s Premier League action comes from the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal host Manchester United in Saturday’s evening kickoff.
Prior to the game, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the press and given a team news and injury update.
Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined in central midfield for us, whilst Mourinho today confirmed that both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will again miss out.
When asked about the availability of both centre-backs, the boss responded to each on MUTV with:
“I don’t know if he can play.”
Both Jones and Bailly were injured while away on international duty last month. Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof started at Vicarage Road midweek.
Nemanja Matic came off early in the second half of our 4-2 win at Watford on Tuesday night with an apparent groin strain. However, the Serbian will travel with the squad to North London but Mourinho doesn’t know if his centre midfielder will be able to play. He said:
“He’s travelling with the team, he’s going to try and hopefully he can, but I cannot guarantee he is ready.”
As for the hosts, Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee, whilst striker Alexandre Lacazette will not face us tomorrow. The French striker picked up a groin injury in the first half of their 5-0 thrashing over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night. Wenger confirmed Lacazette will miss Saturday’s game:
“He’s definitely out for [Manchester United] this weekend.
“It looked like a groin injury. He could be out for a while.”
Olivier Giroud replaced his fellow countryman midweek and scored twice in the second half versus the Terriers. He is expected to lead the line for Arsenal tomorrow.