Update given around Bernd Leno’s absence in Man United vs Arsenal

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Explanation provided for Bernd Leno’s absence in Man United vs Arsenal clash

Leno absent from Arsenal squad

German international and former number-one Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno did not make Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad tonight as the Gunners look to pull off a smash and grab result at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

In an update provided from the club’s official Twitter account, the former Bayer Leverkusen standout is suffering from a tight groin and was not taken among the traveling party under the Spanish headmaster.

As his replacement, Hale End Academy graduate Arthur Okonkwo was drafted as backup tonight for summer signing Aaron Ramsdale.

Regardless, Leno was hardly expected to make any contribution for Arsenal tonight, with the last appearance made by the native of Bietigheim-Bissingen coming back on 26 October in the Gunners 2-0 Carabao Cup fourth-round win against fellow Premier League outfit Leeds United.

His last appearance in the league for Arsenal? The 5-0 thrashing at the hands of holders Manchester City, the third consecutive loss for the Gunners in what was an abhorrent start to the 2021-22 campaign.

Gunners with a chance to climb into the top four tonight

Since Leno’s last appearance in the league for Arsenal, Arteta’s troops have posted a 7-2-1 record, with the only loss coming in their recent humbling in a 4-0 loss to free-scoring Liverpool.

Explanation provided for Bernd Leno’s absence in Man United vs Arsenal clash

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with goalscorer Emile Smith Rowe during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 7, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

At the time of writing just before kick-off at Old Trafford against a Manchester United outfit now under the command of German tactician Ralf Rangnick, Arsenal have a chance to leapfrog stuttering West Ham and climb into the top four, with three points keeping them just five behind Liverpool.

More importantly, the expected bump to come from United under their new headmaster may not trouble the club as much should the Gunners win this evening as their lead over the Red Devils would increase to an eight-point gap between the bitter league rivals.

All signs point to the north London giants finally being back on track in domestic football without having to tackle continental commitments, but anything can happen between now and the end of the 2021-22 season.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 14 27 33
2 Manchester City 14 21 32
3 Liverpool FC 14 31 31
4 West Ham United 14 8 24
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 0 21
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 -2 19
8 Leicester City 14 -3 19
9 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
10 Manchester United 13 -1 18
11 Brentford FC 13 0 16
12 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Everton FC 14 -7 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton FC 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 14 -7 13
18 Burnley FC 13 -6 10
19 Norwich City 14 -20 10
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4

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