Wenger hopeful over van Persie

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Arsenal have insisted that Robin van Persie could be fit for Sunday's Premiership clash with Manchester United.

The Gunners meet United at Emirates Stadium in the second part of Sky Sports' Grand Slam weekend - as Chelsea face Liverpool on Saturday - both of which are live on Sky Sports 1.

Reports had suggested that van Persie would not make the big clash after picking up an ankle knock, but Arsene Wenger feels the Dutchman could be involved.

"At the moment we think it is a very short-term problem," said Wenger.

"He is going for a scan and after that we will know more about it. He still has a very good chance of being available for Sunday."

Freddie Ljungberg and William Gallas are still sidelined, but Emmanuel Eboude is fit again.

"Eboue will be available," said Wenger. "But Ljungberg and Gallas are still out."