By Emma Sanders

Arsenal have been handed a boost ahead of their clash against Manchester United as Wayne Rooney was forced to sit out training on Monday through injury.

Forward Rooney sat out England’s training session ahead of their clash against Spain in the international friendly on Tuesday and was joined on the sidelines by Ryan Bertrand.

The pair reportedly missed the session due to picking up “minor issues” but the news will have given Arsenal a boost ahead of their crunch fixture.

Rooney has started 10 games for Manchester United this season and has made 15 appearances in total, clocking up six assists and scoring two goals.

The skipper has come under criticism for his performances for club and country but still has an important role in the United team.

The 31 year-old would not have been an automatic starter, with Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera likely to line-up in midfield but should he be forced to miss the fixture, it will be regarded by many as a positive for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Gunners currently sit in fourth position in the league table, just three points behind Liverpool and level on points with Chelsea and Manchester City. United are down in sixth place.

In other Arsenal news, the club could join the race to sign Paul Georges Ntep after the Frenchman has impressed at Rennes.