Injured Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has said that he has no thoughts of retiring, according to the Daily Star.
The France international has been side-lined since picking up a serious knee injury last March, and that was the latest in a long line of serious problems that have blighted his time in North London.
Arsenal will be looking to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea as they return to Premier League action at Stoke City.
A whole host of players will be assessed ahead of the game, with Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelan and Kieran Gibbs all in a race to be fit while Kim Kallstrom, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby are definitely out.
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Arsenal face an uphill battle if they are to avoid being knocked out of the Champions League at the last sixteen stage for a fourth consecutive year after losing their first leg against Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates yesterday evening.
Goals from Toni Kross and Thomas Muller secured victory for the German side, who are favourites with the bookmakers to retain the trophy they won last May by beating rivals Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley.
Arsenal will be hoping to make amends for last weekend’s thrashing at the hands of Liverpool as they take on the Reds at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger is likely to select his side with one eye on Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, though Kim Kallstrom, Theo Walcott Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby are definitely out injured.
Premier League leaders Arsenal dropped points in the title race after being held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton yesterday evening.
The south coast club took their lead on twenty-one minutes through Jose Fonte, though two goals in four minutes early in the second half from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla handed Arsene Wenger’s men the advantage.
However, the Gunners lead was short lived as Saints captain Adam Lallana fired in to draw level, and give Mauricio Pochettino’s men a share of the spoils.
Matthieu Flamini was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on fellow Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin with ten minutes on the clock, and will now miss the forthcoming matches against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Arsenal are now just two points clear of second place Manchester City, who along with Chelsea could move above them this evening.
City travel to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea host West Ham United, so any of the three could end the day in top spot.
Elsewhere yesterday, fourth place Liverpool thumped Everton 4-0 in the 222nd Merseyside derby, while champions Manchester United beat Cardiff City 2-0, with former Gunner Robin van Persie scoring on his return from injury.
Arsenal eased past Coventry City in the FA Cup fourth round Friday evening, beating the League One side 4-0 to set up a mouth-watering tie with Liverpool.
A first half double from Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead before the break, while late goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla but the result beyond doubt.
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Arsenal won for a sixth game in succession after beating Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Santi Cazorla bagged a second half brace to secure the points for Arsene Wenger’s men, who remain top of the division, one point clear of second place Manchester City, who beat Cardiff City 4-2 on Saturday and two ahead of Chelsea, who stay third after their 3-1 win against champions Manchester United yesterday afternoon.
The Gunners will now turn their attention to Friday evening’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Coventry City, before returning to Premier League action at Southampton on Tuesday week.
Meanwhile, reported Arsenal target Alvaro Morata has ruled out a move from Real Madrid to the Premier League, according to the Mirror.
The Spain U21 international, who came off the bench to score in Real’s 5-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday afternoon, has insisted that he is happy with life at the Bernabeu.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint Germain are preparing a big money offer for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, the Metro understands.
Cabaye, who like Morata was on the score-sheet at the weekend, netting twice as Alan Pardew’s men beat West Ham United, has also been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Manchester United.
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Mesut Ozil has heaped praise on his teammate Tomas Rosick by saying that he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, the Express understands.
The Czech Republic international has enjoyed some of the best football of his Arsenal career this season, playing alongside Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League with victory over high-flying Southampton tomorrow afternoon.
Theo Walcott is in line for a shock return against the side where he began his career after missing the last two months with an abdominal injury, while Aaron Ramsey should also after feature despite dropping out of international duty with Wales with a hamstring complaint.
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Arsenal have opened up a five point lead at the top of the Premier League after beating Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates on Saturday evening.
Santi Cazorla put the hosts in front on nineteen minutes, thrashing the ball in after seeing his long range header come back of the post.