Mikel Arteta sees little margin for error if Arsenal are to become champions
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Mikel Arteta ‘will be dancing round his living room’ according to Jamie Redknapp after watching Casemiro pick up a booking for Manchester United in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. Arsenal will face the Red Devils at the Emirates this weekend but the Brazilian will be suspended after picking up five yellows over the course of the season.
The first half went well for United with the Bruno Fernandes giving his side the lead after 44 minutes. The Red Devils were unable to add to their advantage but looked to be in control of the game until Casemiro’s yellow card with 10 minutes to go. Michael Olise levelled the scoring in injury time with a fantastic free-kick as Erik ten Hag’s men were unable to grasp the opportunity to go second in the Premier League.
Casemiro’s booking means he will be suspended for Sunday’s huge match at the Emirates. There is few players in the United squad capable of replicating the Brazilian’s skill set in what will come as a big boost for Arteta and his Arsenal team
Now Redknapp has claimed the Spaniard will be ‘dancing around his living room’ as a result of the news as he looks to maintain his side’s lead at the top of the table.
“We spoke before the game about Casemiro and the importance of not getting a yellow card because they need him on Sunday,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports. “He gets booked in the 80th minute and it’s as if from that moment, it took the steam out of Manchester United. It affected them so much and it’s as if they knew that their talisman in that midfield role is gone, it’s a bit of a moment of madness. He is furious with his team-mate Bruno Fernandes for getting out of the way of the challenge.
“I bet when Mikel Arteta saw that, he was dancing around his living room because it is so important. They have no-one that can do that in their team.”
Scott McTominay and Fred are both in contention to replace the former Real Madrid star on Sunday but Ten Hag may decide to select both to give his eleven extra stability in the centre of the park.
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