Arsenal will renew their Premier League crusade on Boxing Day with a delicious London Derby.
The league leaders will welcome West Ham to the Emirates on Monday night for what promises to be a fiery gleeful institution.
But their starting XI for the visit of the Hammers will differ from the side that beat Wolves before the World Cup- executed transnational break.
That is down to a sprinkle of injuries and players sharing in Qatar 2022.
Summer signing Gabriel Jesus will miss the match after witnessing knee surgery- which is anticipated to keep him on the sidelines until March.
Jesus’ fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli will probably deputise for him.
Reiss Nelson will also miss the match after picking up a ham injury during the Gunners’ 2- 0 defeat to Juventus last week.
Emile Smith Rowe is in contention to return to the fold following his recovery from a groin injury.
Despite missing all three of the north Londoners’mid-season friendly, left- reverse Oleksandr Zinechenko is also a implicit starter.
But Kieran Tierney is likely to start ahead of the Ukranian, who’s understood to be still dealing with the moping goods of a shin strain.
The absence of Jesus could prompt Gunners master Mikel Arteta to tweak his 4-3-3 conformation.
Martinelli will probably be the focal point of the attack, with Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka just behind him.