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Arsenal may have had an extra days rest than Chelsea ahead of the London rivals' League Cup clash tomorrow evening, Tuesday, but it is the Blues who arguably have more reasons to be hopeful of tournament progression once football has finished at the Emirates Stadium.
While Jose Mourinho bemoaned the fixture list, claiming fans would be robbed of a classic cup match because both managers would be forced to rotate, Arsene Wenger will have fewer players to select from due to the problematic injury list that seemingly has names added to it on a game-by-game basis.
Mathieu Flamini is out with a groin injury, to add to those already in the physio room such as Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both of whom would likely have featured had they been fit. Even Serge Gnabry is a doubt. Fringe defender Thomas Vermaelen will likely step in, so too may Nicklas Bendtner.
Wenger will no doubt call upon some younger Guns to compliment a core of senior staff, while Chelsea will have the luxury of players such as Juan Mata, Michael Essien, Demba Ba and Mark Schwarzer.
The Frenchman famously does not prioritise this competition over the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League, though, while Mourinho has won the tournament twice and also possesses an unblemished record over Arsene. In eight matches against Wenger, Mourinho has won four and drawn four, losing none. In that run, Arsenal have scored six while Chelsea have struck almost double, 11 times.
Elsewhere, Ramires has attempted to quieten the conversations developing over the interest Real Madrid have in his services, Sylvain Distin has called Romelu Lukaku a monster and, finally, an old Chelsea boy - Didier Drogba - is to blame for the super form of Daniel Sturridge.
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