London: Arsenal`s Thierry Henry and Thomas Vermaelen face late fitness tests ahead of Sunday`s clash with Manchester United but Mikel Arteta will not feature as Arsenal seek revenge for their 8-2 thrashing at Old Trafford in August.
"At the moment I don`t think he (Vermaelen) will make it for Sunday," manager Arsene Wenger said about the Belgian defender who has been out since New Year`s Eve. "Let`s hope we have a good surprise. Let`s see how he develops. There may be a test. At the moment we just go day by day but he looks short.
"(Henry) will have a test on Saturday; he has a calf problem. (Arteta) has no chance. The earliest for him is Aston Villa."
Fifth-place Arsenal are 12 points behind second-placed United but Wenger says the teams are evenly matched.
Manchester United defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have recovered from injuries and are fit to face Arsenal.
"We`re a bit better in terms of injuries. Smalling and Jones will be fit," United manager Alex Ferguson said about the pair who missed the 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers last week.
There was further good news with midfielders Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley making progress with ankle injuries.
He (Lionel Messi) does things that I've not seen Captain Tsubasa do or what can be done on a Playstation video game - they border on the unimaginable.
Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique