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Nemanja Matic Unlikely To Be Fit For Clash With Arsenal

03 December, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Arsenal vs Manchester United- Emirates Stadium London Britain- Dec 2 2017 Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette scores their first goal

"I play a game at a time, I play a game at a time and is the way to do it, is the way to do it", he declared.

Jose is well-known for playing for a draw away at his Top Six rivals, but Wenger shrugged off any talk of Mourinho "parking the bus" "No, I don't expect anything special." he said.

"It's just Arsenal. We don't think about how many points we are ahead of them or behind the leader". I play a game at a time and it is the way to do it. It's hard enough to be focused on other things. "So we must focus on this".

Asked if he is more like the clinical Borg or the temperamental McEnroe, Mourinho replied: "I don't play tennis".

Borg and McEnroe met 14 times in tour matches between 1978 and 1981, winning seven each, with their contest in the 1980 Wimbledon final, which Borg eventually won in five sets, considered by many experts to be one of the greatest clashes in tennis history.

Arsene Wenger's side, meanwhile, head into the game on the back of 12 Premier League home wins in a row.

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"I remember big matches".

Matic - who has been a consistent performer for United in 21 games this season - was substituted during the team's 4-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday with what Mourinho described as a "muscular" problem.

"It depends what you think about risk", he said.

He said: "When we have the ball we are going to attack with 11 players because the goalkeeper knows what to do when we have the ball and when Arsenal have the ball we will defend with 11". Because everybody has to defend and attack, especially in modern football.

The manager is remaining hopeful, but up to the point of his press conference, he could not guarantee that Matic would be fit enough to play.

But Mourinho, who will be without defender Eric Bailly while midfielder Nemanja Matic is also a major doubt, reckons that's rubbish and has vowed to attack the Gunners.

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