The Preview Professor takes a look at the two sides ahead of tonight’s game.
Arsenal will be looking to put an end to their elegantly choreographed impotency by registering their first Premier League win of the New Year.
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Two potential blue pills will be Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who return after runny noses kept them out of the Chelsea clash. The Gunners are likely to continue lacking strength in central areas as Abou Diaby (thigh) remains injured. Francis Coquelin (hamstring) is going to take a breather after Chelsea’s Ramires almost snapped his leg
On loan West Ham striker Marouane Chamakh will not be given the opportunity to bite the hand that feeds. Premier League restrictions mean he is not allowed to try and score against the club who owns him.
James Collins continues to miss out with a hamstring problem.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his side ‘do not win the big games’. Or in fact a fair few of the smaller ones either…
Wenger’s current crop of sub-standard superstars are putting in the worst performance of any Arsenal side under the French manager, accumulating just 34 points from 22 games. PSG have offered Wenger a £30 million deal to take over at the Ligue 1 side but he’d only use it to buy a great house and fill it with leftover furniture from the scrapheap anyway.
Mohamed Diame is in the awkward position of threatening to report his club West Ham to FIFA unless they let him discuss terms with Arsenal. That’s exactly the kind of commitment the North London club are lacking. Diame will be key if West Ham are to record a victory but Big Sam has never returned from a visit to the Arsenal with all three points.
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