Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised to the club’s supporters on MUTV (via BT Sport) for his fifth yellow card of the season at Swansea, which rules him out of their clash with Arsenal on November 19.
The Swedish international ended a barren run of six matches without a goal with a brace in their 3-1 win at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, but it was his 76th minute yellow card that tarnished an excellent performance from the 35-year-old.
It was the striker’s fifth caution of the season, which means that he will miss United’s important clash with Arsenal in a fortnight’s time as Jose Mourinho’s side look to close the gap on the top four when they host Arsene Wenger’s side at Old Trafford on November 19.
However, the Portuguese will have to deal without Ibrahimovic, who said: ‘You know what? Every time I try to play my game by being strong and going into the tackles, or whatever it is, I get a yellow card.
‘I just have to accept it. I’ve got to be professional.
‘I’m sorry I am suspended for the next game. I wish I wasn’t as it’s a game I really wanted to play in.’
Sunday was United’s first win in the league since September 24, when they beat champions Leicester 4-1 at Old Trafford, but they could really do with victory over Wenger’s Arsenal if they still harbour ambitions of a title charge.
Mourinho’s side are six points behind the Gunners, who drew 1-1 at home to North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, who themselves are a further two points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.