‘All the time’ Erik ten Hag claims Arsenal are lucky ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League tie

The Manchester United boss leaped to side’s defence amid their mounting injury woes

Erik ten Hag has seemingly taken a swipe at Arsenal in his press conference ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League second leg against Real Betis.

The Red Devils head to Spain with a 4-1 advantage thanks to an impressive first leg performance at Old Trafford, but are set to be without a whole host of players for the second leg.

Midfield trio Marcel Sabitzer, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are all sidelined through injury, while attacking pair Anthony Martial and Alejandro Garnacho are also injured.

And, asked about the current state of his squad, Ten Hag was quick to point to the issues he has faced throughout the season, while firing a bizarre shot at Premier League leaders Arsenal.

“Man City at home was only time this season (I had fully available squad). Other times it was player suspended, players injured, illness. You hope like, Arsenal (for an example) all the time, their squad is totally available!”, he told the media.

Though they have not had players banned through suspension, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have had their fair share of injury woes to deal with this season.

Gabriel Jesus has been sidelined since the World Cup, while Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Eddie Nketiah have all been sidelined through various issues too, despite the impressive form of the Premier League leaders.

Currently 3rd in the Premier League, United already have the Carabao Cup in their trophy cabinet, and will be hoping that they can add the Europa League, where they may face Arsenal.

However, a draw with Southampton at the weekend, combined with a four match ban for midfield general Casemiro, will have them nervously looking over their shoulder amid improving form for Liverpool and Tottenham.

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