He may not be rated that highly by many football fans, but Gooners everywhere will be relieved to know that Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of Arsenal’s FA clash next weekend.

Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (top) out-jumps Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi (bottom) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 5, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (top) out-jumps Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi (bottom) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 5, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

The 30-year-old, who has felt like a real pain in Arsenal’s side throughout his time at United, will be sidelined until the end of February with a calf strain.

On a side note, I was quite surprised when I checked the Belgian’s stats against us.

Fellaini has faced Arsenal 12 times in total (he’s played Liverpool, City, and Chelsea more), yet has only been on the winning side three times. 3.

That doesn’t seem right, does it?

Arsenal have drawn six of those 12 games and won sevenĀ – that’s more than they’ve lost.

On top of that, Fellaini has only scored two goals with no assists, so perhaps his absence isn’t such a good thing after all!

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