Arsenal coach Unai Emery has wade in to the controversy of his energetic teenage Mateo Guendouzi getting his hair pulled back by Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini in the closing stages of the Premier League match between both clubs at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Fellaini, who recently got rid of his own trademark afro, escaped punishment from the referee, Andre Marriner, and Emery believes the incident is now cut and dried with the Arsenal coach telling his youngster to get it cut.
“I think the best thing is that he cuts his hair before the next match, then the problem is finished,” Emery said. The Arsenal coach, who is hoping his team continue to gel as they take a 20-game unbeaten run into their home match with Huddersfield on Saturday, sought to defuse the incident. “Just as Fellaini did. I have not told him that to his face, though. I respect a lot the players; their hair and their hair colour. I think when I was a player it was the same,” Emery said. “But today with all the cameras, everyone can catch all the situations in 90 minutes. But for me some questions are only between the players on the pitch.”
Emery went on to talk about defender Rob Holding who had to be stretchered off midway through the first half, saying the first news on the defender is not good and he is likely set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. This comes as the 23-year-old was starting to cement a place in the Arsenal defence having featured in 10 of the 15 league games played so far this season.
Holding joins fellow defenders Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Konstantinos Mavropanos on the sidelines, with Koscielny suffering a setback in his recovery this week during an U23 game, Monreal expected back in just over a week while Mavropanos is scheduled to return to fitness in two weeks time. That leaves Emery with just three first team central defenders to choose from ahead of the Premier League game against Huddersfield this weekend.