Manchester United has started the season in a very shaky manner under new manger Luis Van Gaal who replaced David Moyes for a poor season in which United finished seventh.
Things seem to get worse for the new manager as the list of injuries keeps growing each passing day. And heading to London to face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, United find themselves with about 12 first team players injured. The international break just made things worse as 5 players returned to Carrington injured.
Angel Di Maria (Ankle, foot ) and David De Gea (broken finger) may pass a late fitness test . But defender Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Midfielder Michael Carrick (groin)remain doubtful while new striker Radamel Falcao is struggling with a calf injury and may need two more weeks to recover.
Daley Blind (Knee ligament) has joined Manchester United’s lengthy injury list which includes Marcos Rojo (dislocated shoulder), Rafael (groin), Ashley Young (groin/pelvis), Phil Jones (calf/shin), Johnny Evans (ankle), and Jesse Lingard (knee).
Although many of the injuries are fresh, some of the players on the list are injury prone with the likes of Falcao, Jones and Evans having records of constantly being sidelined due to injury.
The two teams badly need wins to improve on their inconsistent and poor start to the season which has seen United have the worst start to a season in the premier league era.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has recovered from a broken leg a month ahead of schedule and is available to face Manchester United today while Mikel Arteta returns from a hamstring injury but Danny Welbeck is a doubt with a similar problem and Theo Walcott could miss out with a groin injury.