Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the Manchester United line-up for the teams’ mega clash on Saturday might be considered a boon for his team, but believed that even without the evergreen Swedish striker, United have enough in their arsenal to trouble the London giants.
Wenger was predictably quizzed about Zlatan’s absence after the Swede picked up an unnecessary booking in United’s last outing which ruled him out of Saturday’s match.
The experienced Frenchman though shared that he was concerned about the threat posed by young English striker Marcus Rashford, who opened his Premier League account by scoring twice against Arsenal last season.
Wenger said, “Look, certainly they would prefer to have him but, let’s not forget, last year the guy who killed us was [Marcus] Rashford. So let’s not speculate on any weakness of Man United.”
“Yes of course [Rashford was a surprise] but to me less because I watched him against a Danish team [earlier that week] and he scored and I could see straight away that this guy could be dangerous. On crosses his movement was good, the way he moved in the box was strong. He took everyone by surprise because no one knew him in England,” he added.
Rashford has been deployed on the wing for the bulk of the season so far under new Manager Jose Mourinho, but the suspension for Zlatan and some unruly behaviour from Wayne Rooney while on international duty would suggest that the youngster may well earn a central starting berth against Arsenal.