Arsenal vs Manchester United: David de Gea questions fixture schedule after Casemiro suspension
Mikel Arteta’s men currently lead the way in the Premier League and the Red Devils were aiming to close that gap to six points last night.
But United were held to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park after Michael Olise’s stunning free-kick levelled the game up in stoppage time.
Arsenal will be delighted that their rivals have dropped points ahead of a huge clash between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Arteta was handed a further boost after Casemiro picked up a yellow card last night, which rules him out of Sunday’s game.
After the game, De Gea said he couldn’t understand why United were scheduled to play during the week ahead of a big clash against the Gunners this weekend.
De Gea left confused by fixture schedule
Speaking to Sky Sports, the United shot stopper suggested that it’s unfair that his side played Crystal Palace last night while Arsenal will have had a full week to prepare for the clash by the time Sunday comes around.
“Big blow to lose Casemiro for Sunday. I don’t get it why Arsenal don’t play as we have to play in the same week and they don’t,”
“Now we are missing one of our best players. I don’t understand. Now we miss him for a big game and it is a big loss for us.”
Casemiro picked up his fifth booking of the season last night for a challenge on Wilfried Zaha, which will be a huge blow for Ten Hag.
The Brazilian has been exceptional for United ever since he made the switch from Real Madrid over the summer. But the Red Devils will be without him for what is arguably their biggest game of the season.
De Gea is within his rights to be disgruntled about the fact that the Palace fixture was rescheduled to just a few days before their clash with Arsenal.
Yet, Ten Hag will probably be kicking himself over the fact that he didn’t bring Casemiro off before he picked up the booking.
Everything seems to be falling Arsenal’s way at the moment and with United dropping points in south London last night, a win on Sunday would put Arteta’s men in a commanding position at the top of the table.
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