Blind: I feel fit and ready for Arsenal

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United defender Daley Blind is ready to take on Arsenal and maintain top spot on the Premier League on Sunday.

Blind has been a mainstay in Man United’s defence, starting every game of the season so far. The Dutchman has been one of the Reds most consistent performers this campaign and is looking forward to the trip to the Emirates Stadium.

United manager Louis van Gaal has spoken of possible fatigue in his side going into the game, having playing against Wolfsburg in midweek. Arsenal were also involved in Europe, losing 3-2 to Olympiakos, but have had an extra days rest since the defeat.

Blind is not worried about the effect it could have on the game. When asked if it could make an impact, the 25-year-old told manutd.com: “I don’t think so, especially for games like Arsenal. As a player, you want those games to play. Mentally, I think I’m ready for it.

“You don’t have to prepare yourself for that. But you need to take rest and recover. I think that’s very important but, for me personally, I feel fit so I’m happy.”

Blind’s importance at centre-back can’t be understated, as van Gaal has chosen on numerous occasions to ensure his defensive partnership stays the same. Blind and Chris Smalling have struck up a great understanding at the back and have been a key part of United’s displays.

The pair will want to continue their good work in North London on Sunday, knowing that a win keeps them top of the league and six points ahead of their title rivals.

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