EPL 2016/17: Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended for Arsenal clash
Manchester United will be without the services of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their upcoming league tie against Arsenal as the 35-year-old will serve a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea City.
Jose Mourinho took his men to the Liberty Stadium in search of a first league win since their 4-1 win over Leicester City in September. The Red Devils were given an early break as a brilliant strike from world-record signing Paul Pogba gave them an early lead.
The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star ended his goal drought by doubling United's lead, before scoring his second goal of the match in the second half. Both his goals were historic in their own terms.
Ibrahimovic's first goal was the Premier League's 25,000th goal scored, while his second saw him achieve a personal milestone of 400 club goals in his career. The retired Swedish international picked up a yellow card in the second half for his challenge on substitute Leroy Fer.
This forces the striker to miss the next league clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford on 19 November, two weeks from now after the international break. Ibrahimovic gave his thoughts on his suspension and also admitted that his recent goal drought before the Swansea clash did not worry him.
I sacrifice for the team, says Zlatan
"I thought in England we play rough. No? That's what I heard. Every time I've tried to play rough I get a yellow card," Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.
"I don't know why he gave me a yellow card. Maybe I was too tired to hear why, but I sacrifice for the team, and if I need to get a yellow I will take it, I have no problems.”
"No [I was not worried about the run]. As long as you create the chances, which I have been doing. The most important thing is the win, and the goals will come, as long as you create them, you're there and you keep focus, the goals will come, I'm not worried about that,” the 35-year-old went on to add.
With Ibrahimovic suspended for the crucial game against Arsenal, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, could field young striker Marcus Rashford up front to lead United's attack. The last time he faced Arsenal earlier this year at Old Trafford saw him score a brace in his side's 3-2 win over Arsene Wenger’s men.
The tall Swedish striker will be gutted to miss the clash against the Gunners, but the only thing he can do is watch from the stands.