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Robin Van Persie Ready To Return For Arsenal Against Manchester United

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is set to hand the Gunners a huge boost by returning to fitness ahead of their crucial Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester United.

The Dutchman has been struggling with a groin injury but, according to the Sunday Mirror, he looks set to feature at the Emirates on Tuesday night, as Arsene Wenger’s side look to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

The Gunner has missed the last three weeks of the season, including the first leg at Old Trafford, which United won 1-0, but is close to fitness and is expected to start the vital game.

His return will be warmly welcomed by Arsenal, who looked short of options in attack at Old Trafford, with Emmanuel Adebayor toiling up front on his own.

The Dutchman has been in fine form for Arsenal this season, having netted nine Premier League goals and hitting four more in the Champions League.

Indeed, with Andrey Arshavin ineligible for the clash and Eduardo injured, van Persie’s return could not be more timely.

However, whilst Arsenal will be boosted by their striker's return, they do still have problems in defence.

The Sunday Mirror claims that Gael Clichy will definitely miss the game, meaning Kieran Gibbs will deputise once again, whilst former United defender Mikael Silvestre is also a doubt.

Gill Clark, Goal.com