Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirms Rob Holding suffered ‘big injury’
Frenetic 2-2 draw between Manchester United and the Gunners overshadowed by injuries to key players
05 December, 2018 — By Steve Barnett
Emery: ‘The worst news is the Rob Holding injury’
FA Premier League
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Martial 30, Lingard 69)
ARSENAL 2 (Mustafi 26, Rojo OG 68)
ARSENAL defender Rob Holding is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being stretchered off during the 2-2 draw against Manchester United tonight (Wednesday).
There are fears the 23-year-old suffered knee ligament damage during the match at Old Trafford. Aaron Ramsey also picked up an ankle injury as the Gunners were forced into two first half substitutions.
“The worst news is the Rob Holding injury. The doctors think maybe it is a big injury but we are going to wait (to find out), if it is his knee,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emery after the game. “Ramsey I think is a small injury. We had to make early changes, but every player responded with a good quality.”
The Gunners extended their unbeaten run to 20 games, but in truth they will be disappointed that they didn’t come away from Old Trafford with a victory.
Shkodran Mustafi gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half via goal-line technology after his header squirmed through David de Gea’s gloves and edged over the line.
The lead lasted only four minutes, however, with Anthony Martial sweeping home Ander Herrera’s cross to send the teams in level at the break.
It looked like Arsenal could win it when substitute Alexandre Lacazette bundled the ball home following Marcos Rojo’s mistake – an effort that later went down as a Rojo own goal.
But before gleeful Gooners had even finished celebrating Jesse Lingard scored a sucker-punch equaliser – making it 2-2 just 74 seconds after Emery’s side had taken the lead.
In the closing minutes Henrikh Mkhitaryan found the back of the net with a brilliant volley from an acute angle –º but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside as Arsenal came closest to a winner.
Despite twice seeing his side let a lead slip, Emery said his players can feel “positive” about coming away with a draw. “We were playing against a very competitive team and I think our spirit is good,” he said. “We got up after conceding twice in the 90 minutes and we tried to find the victory every time. I think this is our spirit.
“Usually United create a lot of chances here, and I don’t think we conceded a lot of chances. For us, for our confidence, our level in the competition and our way, I think we can think very positively.”
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Dalot, Bailly, Rojo (Fellaini, 72), Smalling, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Martial (Lukaku, 63), Lingard (Pogba, 75), Rashford
Substitutes not used: Romero, Valencia, McTominay, Mata
ARSENAL: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding (Lichtsteiner, 36), Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira (7), Ramsey (Mkhitaryan, 45), Iwobi (Lacazette, 65), Aubameyang
Substitutes not used: Cech, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah