Arsene Wenger marks out the Manchester United player that will cause Arsenal problems
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not believe the Red Devils will be weakened by Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing the Old Trafford clash through suspension, as he picked out Marcus Rashford as the man to watch on Saturday.
Speaking at his press conference this morning, Wenger was asked how Jose Mourinho's side would cope without their number 9 for the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday.
The Frenchman pointed out that last season, it was the debuting Marcus Rashford who tore the Gunners' defence to shreds and put their title challenge in serious doubt with two goals in three minutes at Old Trafford:
Arsene Wenger on Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing this weekend's game:— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 17, 2016
“Lets not forget that last year, the guy who killed us was Rashford.” pic.twitter.com/g5wCIgauhR
“I watched him against a Danish team in midweek and he scored and I could see straight away that this guy could be dangerous," stated Wenger.
“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.”
Having made six consecutive starts under Mourinho since being named in the XI for the 3-1 loss to Watford on September 18, the teenage sensation was an unused substitute in United's 3-1 victory away to Swansea last Sunday week.
With Ibrahimovic suspended and Wayne Rooney nursing an apparent knee injury, Rashford would seem to be batting with Anthony Martial for the lone-striker role in Mourinho's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
The French forward has only managed 26 minutes of Premier League action over October and November so far, with Wenger knowingly worried about the issues that Rashford's pace and finishing prowess can cause a Hector Bellerin-less Arsenal backline.
One of the best right-backs in the division, Bellerin has been ruled out for a month after suffering an ankle injury in the final minutes of the Gunners' 1-1 stalemate against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Wenger will make a late decision on the availability of Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean was risked by his country while carrying a hamstring strain against Uruguay on Tuesday.