Liverpool v Arsenal
Sunday 21 December, 16:00 kick-off
Arsenal will travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday without the services of key defender Laurent Koscielny after Arsene Wenger confirmed during Friday's pre-match press conference that the France international is not ready to return from the recent calf injury he suffered.
The Gunners boss also informed the gathered media that Nacho Monreal, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be assessed tomorrow to determine their levels of fitness ahead of the game.
Aaron Ramsey remains sidelined and could miss all of Arsenal's fixtures during the busy Christmas period, but on a brighter note Wenger welcomes back Calum Chambers after he served his suspension during last week's 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.
Long-term absentees Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, About Diaby and Tomas Rosicky are all still on the treatment table keeping the Gunners medical staff busy during the festive fixtures.
Arsenal currently occupy sixth place in the Premier League table and sit five points clear of Liverpool down in eleventh, so victory this weekend will lay down a serious marker putting greater distance between the two sides.
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Wenger will also be well aware of fifth-placed Southampton's serious dip in form having lost five games in a row in all competitions. They host Everton at St Mary's on Saturday, but a series of injuries and suspensions leaves Ronald Koeman's squad threadbare.
Failure to beat the Toffees will present the Gunners with an opportunity to usurp the Saints with victory over Brendan Rodgers's side.
The Reds gained a bit of confidence from their 3-1 win over Championship outfit Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup quarter-final in midweek, but will be conscious of a very poor record against the north Londoners that has seen them win just two of the last 14 Premier League meetings.
Predicted Arsenal XI
Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck, Giroud.
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