Arsenal team news update: Gunners without 4 players for huge Man Utd clash

By on March 8, 2019

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Arsenal will be looking to climb into the top four with a win over rivals Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Unai Emery’s men will need to bounce back quickly following their embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie last night but thankfully for Arsenal they didn’t suffer any fresh injury concerns in France.

Sokratis was sent off against the Ligue 1 outfit but that ban only applies in Europe so the Greek international will be available for selection against Man Utd, however, Lucas Torreira will be suspended on Sunday following his sending off against Tottenham last weekend.

The Uruguayan midfielder was shown a straight red card for a tackle late-on during the 1-1 North London Derby draw and although Arsenal appealed the decision, the red card was upheld meaning Torreira faces a three-game suspension starting against United.

Arsenal will also continue to be without Hector Bellerin as the right-back is still recovering from a serious knee ligament injury while Rob Holding is also out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.

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With Danny Welbeck also unlikely to play again this campaign after breaking his ankle back in November, it means Arsenal will be without four players for the visit of Man Utd to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

A team news update on Arsenal.com read:

Lucas Torreira
Suspended following red card against Tottenham Hotspur (a).

Hector Bellerin
Left knee. Recovering after surgery.

Rob Holding
Left knee. Recovering after surgery.

Danny Welbeck
Right ankle. Recovering after surgery.

The Gunners head into the game sitting fifth and one point behind fourth-placed Man Utd so this game could have a huge impact on who finishes in the all-important Champions League qualification places.

The Arsenal squad looks to be in decent shape and Manchester United have also seen their injury list eased as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed a quadruple fitness boost ahead of their trip to the capital this weekend.

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