Breaking: Arsenal lose key player to face Manchester United

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After picking up a booking in the north London derby, Granit Xhaka will not be available to face Manchester United in mid-week after being suspended due to the number of cards he has collected so far this season.

 While the Swiss midfielder has many critics, he has performed well for Unai Emery with the support Lucas Torreira and the superior structure put in place by the Spaniard.

During Arsene Wenger’s final years in charge at Arsenal, the former Borussia Monchengladbach playmaker endured an uneven run in the team.

His former manager gave contradictory accounts over what he wanted from the midfielder in his team as he deployed Aaron Ramsey next to Xhaka.

It was a partnership that was prone to being overrun through the middle without a true defensive midfielder to cover for the 26-year-old.

The Switzerland international has looked more comfortable with Torreira for back up and has been able to show his quality in possession at times.

Jose Mourinho may not be too happy to learn of Arsenal selection dilemma given what it could mean for Emery’s plan to take on United.

Matteo Guendouzi is one potential replacement for Xhaka. The 19-year-old has been one of the brightest youngsters for the Gunners since he joined them from Lorient in the summer.

Alongside Torreira, the battling and busy midfielder could prove too much for an opponent who has looked very ordinary in their last three games against Crystal Palace, Young Boys and Southampton.


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