Fortunately for Arsenal, there was no gruelling midweek FA Cup replay up at Sunderland this week after Arsene Wenger’s men comfortably dispatched of the Black Cats in the third round in the end.
What does lay in prospect for the Gunners however is a Super Sunday clash with bogey side and London rivals Chelsea, whom they haven’t even scored against in 450 minutes (five games) of Premier League football.
For whatever reason, Arsenal have come up against some sort of mental block when it comes to facing the side from West London but with Jose Mourinho no longer around, perhaps this is the Gunners’ best chance of turning the stats around with Guus Hiddink’s team steady, yet still susceptible at the back.
The Gunners have just come through a difficult run of away games at both Liverpool and Stoke and for optimistic Gooners, they’re claiming it is great to still be top while having been undefeated at two difficult away grounds,
For pessimistic ones on the other hand, to throw away four points to a below-par Liverpool side (considering how late the Reds’ equaliser was), not to mention at Stoke who for their cracking record against the Gunners should still be getting beat by potential champions, it isn’t enough.
Therefore, in the eyes of the latter set of fans, Sunday’s game is a must win in order to cease giving any more encouragement to Manchester City who seem to be hitting their stride once again.
So far this January transfer window, Arsene Wenger has moved to bring in FC Basel’s Mohamed Elneny but today, we’ve read in Metro that the Gunners are reportedly chasing a double deal for both Lars Bender and Granit Xhaka who are now reportedly available for the right price.
While our punters and landlord can’t see two more defensive midfielders arriving this January, their transfers could be sanctioned in the summer with Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini moving on.
With this in mind, we’ve devised a best Arsenal XI with the two potential future signings included to see how they’d fit in.
Click on the image below to reveal the dream Arsenal XI under Arsene Wenger including Lars Bender and Granit Xhaka.