Arsene Wenger has given an update ahead of Saturday’s early clash with Man United and as expected Arsenal will be without Gervinho. The Ivorian picked up an ankle knock in the late win against QPR last weekend and is expected to be out of action for three weeks.
Hopes of other returns have been dashed with news that Wojciech Szczesny, who returned to training this week, and Kieran Gibbs remained sidelined. That means Vito Mannone will continue in goal. Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky remain in 2-3 week limbo.
Despite 120 minutes in midweek, and some ‘heavy legs’, according to Arsene Wenger, there are no new injury problems ahead of the United game. Although Ignasi Miquel was taken off late in the game he was not expected to be part of the squad in any event.
Last season the visit to Old Trafford resulted in an 8-2 thrashing but the manager is sure there will be no ill-effects but is hoping for a confidence boosting performance.
“‘Last year’s result was down to special circumstances. We have had it behind us for a long time. For the belief of the team it’s vital we do well on Saturday.”
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