Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ruled out of Arsenal clash

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of their match with Arsenal on Sunday by manager Louis van Gaal, reports their official website.

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He suffered a dead leg in their last match against Crystal Palace, and it seems that he is still suffering from the effects of it.  The 29-year-old will be a big miss for the Red Devils, with fellow strikers Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie looking out of form up front. Meanwhile 19-year-old James Wilson doesn’t appear to be trusted by van Gaal, and rarely features for the first team.

Rooney has scored 14 goals in 36 matches this campaign despite being played in central midfield for large periods, and has also picked up five assists. His first season as skipper hasn’t gone too badly for the rest of the team either, with it looking likely they will qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League.

This will be especially good news for Arsenal, with the former Everton forward enjoying a great record against them. He has hit the back of the net 14 times in 30 matches against the North London club for United and the Toffees. He even announced himself to the world with his wondergoal in a 2-1 win over the Gunners in 2002.

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