Why is Casemiro not playing for Man Utd against Arsenal today?

    BRAZILIAN superstar Casemiro has been the driving force in Manchester United’s resurgence – but he is set miss the crucial trip to Arsenal today.

    Casemiro had a stuttured start to life at Old Trafford as Erik Ten Hag opted to use him off the bench in his first couple of appearances.

    Manchester United signed Casemiro for £70million

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    Manchester United signed Casemiro for £70millionCredit: Getty

    But the former Real Madrid midfielder staked his claim in the starting eleven before quickly becoming a fan favourite having contributed highly to United’s recent success.

    The defensive rock is undoubtedly one of the first names on Ten Hag’s team sheet – especially for crucial matches.

    However, the United gaffer will be forced to be without Casemiro when they take on league leaders Arsenal.

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    The Brazilian international picked up a fifth yellow card of the season during United’s draw with Crystal Palace.

    Casemiro commited a reckless challenge on Wilfried Zaha

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    Casemiro commited a reckless challenge on Wilfried ZahaCredit: Getty
    Casemiro received his fifth yellow card of the season resulting in a suspension

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    Casemiro received his fifth yellow card of the season resulting in a suspensionCredit: Getty

    And the rules state that should a player accumulate five yellow cards before the half-way point of the season, then they will serve a one match ban.

    What has been said?

    Manchester United fans are fearing that the absence of Casemiro could be damming on their chances of beating table-topping Arsenal.

    But the Red Devils boss has reminded everyone that his side were able to beat the Gunners without Casemiro last year.

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    Ten Hag said: “Last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro.

    “Casemiro is obviously a really important player for us and he is one of the reasons that we are in the position that we are now.

    “We have a squad and we have to fill that gap and make a proper plan and the squad has to fill it. As a team, we already showed how to beat Arsenal.”

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