Zlatan to miss Arse­nal clash

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN — Manch­ester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ( pic­tured) will have to watch his side’s Novem­ber 19 en­counter with Arse­nal from the side­lines af­ter he was shown a yel­low card on Sun­day.

Ibrahimovic picked up his fifth book­ing of the sea­son for a foul on Leroy Fer in his side’s 3-1 win over Swansea City and gets an au­to­matic one-match sus­pen­sion.

As a re­sult, the Swede, who scored twice against Swansea in United’s win, will miss his first game for United in the Pre­mier League as he has fea­tured in all 11 of their games thus far.

Ibrahimovic, though, doesn’t be­lieve that his tackle on Fer de­served a yel­low card, and he told BBC Sport: “I thought we played rough in Eng­land? I play rough and I got a yel­low card. What was it for? I don’t know. Maybe I was too tired to hear why the ref­eree gave it.”

The 35-year-old’s ended a six-game scor­ing drought in the Pre­mier League with his brace against Swansea. His last goal prior to that match came against Manch­ester City in a 2-1 loss on Septem­ber 10.

Ibrahimovic’s ab­sence will be a big blow for United as he has found the back of the net eight times and notched up one as­sist in 17 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

Jose Mour­inho’s men will be look­ing to close the gap to the fourth placed Gun­ners who are just two points off the English Premier­ship sum­mit. Mour­inho af­ter the vic­tory over Swansea seem­ingly hit out at Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw for fail­ing to put their bod­ies on the line for the team and play through the pain bar­rier.

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