Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is expected to be fit for tomorrow lunch-time’s clash with manager-less Crystal Palace.
The England international was substituted with an ankle knock in Tuesday’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but should feature at Selhurst Park, where he will be hoping to score for a third successive league game.
Mathieu Flamini is available after missing out midweek with concussion, but the game has come too soon for Theo Walcott (abdominal strain), Lukas Poldolski (hamstring), Abouu Diaby (knee), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Yaya Sanogo (back) who all remain side-lined.
Victory will see the Gunners go four points clear of both Chelsea and Liverpool, who play later in the weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s men host fourth place Manchester City on Sunday afternoon while Liverpool welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield twenty-four hours before.
Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has told BBC Sport that he would be happy to welcome Cesc Fabregas back the club in the future.
The midfielder racked up over three-hundred appearances in an eight year spell with Arsenal before securing a £35m move to Barcelona in 2011.
Fabregas, who was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer, told the English press that he would like to be a coach at the North London club when his playing career ends.