Manchester United's Jadon Sancho finds himself in a period of isolation amidst the club's internal turmoil. Meanwhile, Arsenal has made waves with the announcement of their strengthened 25-man Premier League squad, featuring notable new signings. These contrasting stories highlight the challenges and ambitions within the Premier League's top clubs as the new season unfolds.
Jadon Sancho Faces Isolation Amid Manchester United Turmoil
Jadon Sancho's future at Manchester United hangs in the balance as the club announced on Thursday that the England winger will be undergoing individual training due to a "squad discipline issue."
Sancho's recent troubles began when he was omitted from United's lineup during their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal earlier this month. United manager Erik ten Hag cited poor performances in training as the reason for his absence. In response, the 23-year-old took to social media, expressing his feelings of being "a scapegoat for a long time."
In an official statement, Manchester United clarified, "Jadon Sancho will continue with a personalized training regimen, separate from the first-team squad, pending resolution of a disciplinary matter." Sancho's arrival at Old Trafford two years ago for a hefty £73 million had sparked high hopes, given his reputation as one of Europe's most promising talents.
However, he has struggled to justify his price tag, managing just 12 goals in 82 appearances for the club. Sancho's issues with form prompted the club to grant him a break between October and February last season to undergo an individual winter fitness program in the Netherlands.
Erik ten Hag, known for his strict disciplinary approach, has not hesitated to enforce his standards, even with the club's star players. Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the club was abruptly ended after he publicly criticized the former Ajax manager in a television interview. Similarly, Marcus Rashford found himself benched for a match last season due to tardiness in attending a team meeting.
Sancho's sidelining adds to the woes of Manchester United, who have had a tumultuous start to the season both on and off the field. The team has suffered defeats in two of their opening four Premier League matches. Additionally, Brazilian winger Antony is currently on a leave of absence as he faces allegations of domestic abuse from his former girlfriend.
Criticism has also surrounded the club's handling of Mason Greenwood, who has been loaned to Spanish side Getafe after both the player and the club agreed that his career at United couldn't continue. The 21-year-old had been facing charges, including attempted rape and assault, but the case was dropped in February of this year when key witnesses withdrew, and new evidence came to light.
Initial reports suggested a possible return for Greenwood to the team, but public outcry led to the decision to part ways. Meanwhile, protests against United's owners, the Glazer family, persist as efforts to sell the club appear to have stalled.
Arsenal Announces 25-Man Premier League Squad, Bolstered by New Signings
Arsenal has officially unveiled its 25-man Premier League squad, showcasing an array of talent, including notable new signings Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and David Raya.
The confirmation of Arsenal's Premier League squad was made via their website and social media channels, highlighting their ambition for the upcoming season. Notably, the Gunners have invested significantly in the transfer market this summer, with a total expenditure of 226 million euros. Under the guidance of manager Mikel Arteta, the London-based club, which finished second in the Premier League last year, is determined to build on its previous success.
The list of Arsenal players reveals few surprises, with one intriguing addition being 22-year-old goalkeeper James Hilson. Hilson's remarkable performances for the Under 21s last season have earned him a spot among the senior squad members.
Following the international break, Arsenal will return to Premier League action this Sunday with an eagerly anticipated clash against Everton at Goodison Park. Here is the full roster of the 25 Gunners players:
- Aaron Ramsdale
- David Raya
- James Hilson
- Takehiro Tomiyasu
- Oleksandr Zinchenko
- Ben White
- Jakub Kiwior
- William Saliba
- Jurrien Timber
- Mohamed Elneny
- Thomas Partey
- Declan Rice
- Martin Odegaard
- Kai Havertz
- Fabio Vieira
- Emile Smith Rowe
- Leandro Trossard
- Bukayo Saka
- Gabriel Martinelli
- Reiss Nelson
- Eddie Nketiah
- Gabriel Jesus
Arsenal fans can look forward to an exciting season with this talented squad as they aim to challenge for the Premier League title.