Arsenal could welcome back Laurent Koscielny for Monday evening's crucial clash with Chelsea despite it being initially feared the defender would miss the entirety of the festive fixture list.
Koscielny suffered a deep laceration to his knee while attempting to prevent the second Manchester City goal in last weekend's humbling defeat at the Etihad Stadium and it appeared the France international would be missing for a number of weeks.
Just nine days on, however, and The Mirror claims Koscielny is in contention to face Chelsea having returned to training last week and his potential inclusion will serve as a significant boost for the Gunners.
Koscielny has started all but one of Arsenal's fixtures in the Premier League this season - missing a single encounter due to suspension - and has been able to form a formidable partnership alongside Per Mertesacker.
The pair have started together in all but two of the north London club's league fixtures and their stability has been a key factor in Arsenal's surge to the summit of the table, a position that could be regained with victory against Chelsea.
Should Arsene Wenger get the better of Jose Mourinho for the first time then Arsenal will extend their lead over Chelsea to five points and also climb two points above current leaders Liverpool.
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