The Gunners here in the Tavern are looking to find a way of making Champions League football the norm once again, after suffering a drop down in level to the Europa League.
Now, with the end of the year edging ever-closer, Arsenal will be somewhat disappointed with the start they’ve made to this season, as a Champions League spot is looking unlikely once again.
But, having picked things up over the festive period, it now looks as if Arsene Wenger could be planning an inspired march towards a top 4 spot in the New Year, with a second successive year without Champions League football surely spelling the end for the Frenchman.
However, with their next-match seeing them face a trip to a Crystal Palace side that managed to end Chelsea’s unbeaten run already this season, they’ll be wary of the opposition causing yet another upset.
Yet, with injuries to Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey in recent weeks, it’s caused for Arsene Wenger to put much of the blame on a busy festive period.
Nevertheless, with Arsenal looking to end the new-year in high spirits, Roy Hodgson and his men stand no chance if Arsene Wenger fields this starting XI.