PICTURES: Arsenal use midweek rest to dress-up as elves, superheroes…

Emirates Stadium

While their next opponents Chelsea pick themselves up from a League Cup exit, Arsenal played dress-up as they got into the festive spirit…

Arsenal got into the spirit of Christmas by playing fancy dress, attending their festive dinner at the club in all sorts of outfits… from Super Mario (Emmanuel Frimpong), to Captain Jack Sparrow (Per Mertesacker) and Hulk (Lukas Podolski - see below).

Considering the club's current standing in the Premier League, Arsenal are one of a handful of legitimate Premier League title challengers this season. They are also in the first knockout round of the Champions League, having drawn Bayern Munich at the official UEFA ceremony earlier this month in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Gunners support will be hoping that winning silverware this campaign will not be something out of reality, but can Arsenal deliver an early Christmas present by producing a cracker of a performance on December 23, against Chelsea, at the Emirates Stadium?

And finally, here are Santi (Cazorla's) little helpers…

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