Here comes the second big test for Arsenal in just over a week. Last week away to Manchester City, there were big question marks raised on how easily the home side scored. Although, a positive would be that they themselves scored three. Away from home, that is usually enough.
Monday sees Arsenal return to the Emirates but with a stuttering Chelsea they could potentially find themselves going into Christmas in fourth position, and without the suspended Jack Wilshire, it may prove to be another hurdle to tough for Arsene Wenger and his men.
Lucas Podolski could return to the lineup for the home side but the absence of Wilshire along with the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Laurent Koscielny.
The home side have now gone two League games since they last won and will look to get their Premiership title aspirations back on the right track after that one point from six.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will have no fresh injury worries before the game, unless someone picks up a knock in training between now and then, and so only Ashley Cole will remain missing.
Chelsea have won four of their last five games, although they haven’t played anyone in the top half of the table for quite some time. A defeat against a struggling Stoke City side in their last away game doesn’t fill me full of confidence.
Manchester City and Liverpool may be hoping for a tied game to remain second and first going into Christmas. That will then make it game on when those two sides meet on Thursday.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sports and The Sports Column. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.