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Ibrahimovic sorry for missing Gunners clash

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A 76th-minute tangle with Leroy Fer led to Ibrahimovic picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Swansea a match in which the 35-year-old Swede scored twice. PHOTO/AFP.
A 76th-minute tangle with Leroy Fer led to Ibrahimovic picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Swansea a match in which the 35-year-old Swede scored twice. PHOTO/AFP.

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – An apologetic Zlatan Ibrahimovic is disappointed to miss the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford after the international break as he serves a one-match suspension.

The Manchester United striker ended his goal drought with a first-half brace in the 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday to take his Premier League tally for the season to six.

But Ibrahimovic also collected his fifth booking of the campaign for a foul on Leroy Fer in the second half, which invoked an automatic suspension.

The Swedish star will therefore be forced to sit out the clash with the Gunners on November 19 – a game he was desperate to feature in – but is trusting Jose Mourinho’s side to get the job done in his absence.

“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,” the 35-year-old told MUTV.

“I don’t know what the explanation was because I think I was too tired and I didn’t hear him [referee Neil Swarbrick]. It is what it is. In England, the football is hard, it’s physical. 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.

“But I have trust in my team-mates and the team and I know they can do fine also without me.”

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