van Persie, Clichy to miss Arsenal v Man Utd first leg

Robin van Persie and Gael Clichy will miss Arsenal’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester United.

Robin van Persie and Gael Clichy will miss Arsenal’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester United.

Striker van Persie has been struggling with a groin injury recently whilst Clichy has failed to come up from a back problem.

In better news for Arsene Wenger, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Johan Djourou may all be back for Sunday’s league clash with Middlesbrough.

"We will rotate a little bit again, but we have no major injuries from Liverpool," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"Manuel Almunia was in full training on Thursday and we will see how he responds. Djourou was in full training also so we will see how he is too. Both could come back into the squad.

"It is not enough training to say [for sure] yet, we need 48 hours more. Emmanuel Adebayor should come back into training on Saturday. He could be in the squad.

"But Robin van Persie is definitely out for Sunday and for Manchester United.

"Gael Clichy could be back for the second Manchester United game. He has a scan on Monday. We'll go from there. He has a chance to be back in full training next week.”