Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he faces a number of difficult decisions over players struggling with injury ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game against Cardiff City, including the definite absence of both Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs as they struggle with knocks.
The Gunners are already without Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey for a few weeks as the hectic festive fixture list begins to take its toll on the table toppers, with both midfield maestros expected to be out for at least another fortnight.
Wenger must also cope without Giroud and Gibbs against Cardiff at the Emirates on New Years Day, with the pair suffering with ankle and calf problems against Newcastle United respectively.
Club captain Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal are also doubtful with illness, although the Spanish full-back is likely to be asked to play regardless with Gibbs sidelined.
Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky are also more minor concerns to play against the Welsh side, with Wenger facing enforced wholesale changes as the Gunners bid to keep the top spot they reclaimed with a spirited 1-0 victory over Newcastle United last weekend, thanks to a solitary effort from Giroud.