Christmas has come early at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger revealed he would be rewarding his player with a short holiday ahead of the busy festive period.
The Gunners were ruthless as Newcastle United were swatted aside at the weekend, and are now set to be rewarded with a three-day break in order to recharge some batteries prior to the most challenging stage of the season.
And with injuries beginning to pile up again, the break could be just what the players need if they are to maintain momentum and continue their quest for Champions League qualification.
With Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool lying in wait on Sunday, Wenger will allow his players to have some time off in order to spend some much needed time with their families.
"I've given the players some days off for their Christmas and we come back on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday," he told reporters. "Most of them will stay in England because their families are here. When you count the number of games, including the Champions League, it's important to have a break."
The break will also be used in order to gently usher some members of the squad back to fitness, with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshire absent from Saturday's comfortable victory.
However there are new fears over the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left the field in anguish after appearing to suffer a groin injury.
"I wanted to take him off and then he takes the ball and crosses the whole pitch and cannot run any more," said a concerned Wenger.
"We cannot afford to lose him at the moment. He's got a pain in his groin. I took him to Galatasaray and maybe two games was a lot for him."
Wenger will hope that by the time the squad visit Anfield that several of his first choice players will be back in action.
The Gunners are currently two points off fourth place, and will be hoping for a better result than last year when they were thumped 5-1 by Rodgers' side.
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