William Saliba is one of three Arsenal players who will be subject to strict discipline if they are to feature in the Premier League game against West Ham United on Gift Day.
After reaching the World Cup final against France, there were concerns that the defender would not be fit to face the Hammers, given that most of his other team-mates at the club have died. get enough rest.
During his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta revealed that Saliba will be returning to training at Arsenal soon and will likely face The Hammers as the youngster could draw inspiration from compatriot Kylian Mbappe, who has been return to training with Paris Saint-Germain soon. However, if the 21-year-old player’s discipline is taken into account, Arteta will probably excluding the Frenchman from the starting line-up in the Premier League for the first time this season to protect him.
As confirmed by the FA in the 2022/2023 season guide, any player who accumulates 5 cards before 19 matches will be subject to an automatic 1-match ban. Currently, Saliba is the only Arsenal player at risk of an immediate suspension as he has received four yellow cards so far in the Premier League this season, so he must be cautious in his actions. the coming weeks. If he is booked before The Hammers, he will miss the trip to Brighton five days later.
Gabriel Jesus is also in the same situation as the French player if he is not injured and rests for 3 months. In bad luck, when he returns to the pitch, he will no longer be in danger of being suspended.
In another development, Bukayo Saka and Ben White are getting 3 yellow cards, so they must be cautious during the festive period. Careless tackles could threaten them against Newcastle United on January 3. The FA has ruled that a yellow card in the Premier League will not be carried over to the League Cup or FA Cup, so with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United games to follow, the Arsenal manager may want to tell the players. his defenders about limiting the drastic ball phase.
With only 14 games of the Premier League season over, Saliba, Saka, White and the rest of Arteta’s squad have five more games to avoid suspension. It was only after the match against Man United on January 22 that the Gunners reached the aforementioned cut-off point.
The next Arsenal players to receive the most yellow cards in the team were Gabriel Magalhaes, Granit Xhaka and captain Martin Odegaard with 2 yellow cards. Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey all have only 1 yellow card so they can play comfortably in the next few weeks.
Thanh Vu | 16:36 December 25, 2022