An injury update ahead of Chelsea v Arsenal this weekend at Stamford Bridge:
Jack Wilshere was withdrawn early in the draw with Tottenham, and was immediately labelled as questionable. The midfielder does have a chance of making the Chelsea game and could partner Mathieu Flamini in midfield. He was an unused substitute against Galatasaray and his chances look good.
Chilean international Alexis was pictured with an ice pack on his ankle after being substituted against Galatasaray. He had sustained a bruising challenge from Felipe Melo in the first half. The fact he was able to carry on was a good sign, and Arsene Wenger said after the game he was feeling positive the injury was not significant.
Diego Costa's hamstring issues have been a real issue for him in 2014, and Jose Mourinho has said he does not like playing the striker twice in a week. Costa started away to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, and the extra day recovery should work in his favour. The Spaniard told the Star that he expects to start against Arsenal, despite not being able to train fully on Thursday.
It appears to be one step forward for Abou Diaby, and another back. He started for the first team in the Capital One Cup a week ago, but has not even made the bench in the two subsequent games. He last started a Premier League match in March 2013, and a place among the substitutes in the best he can hope for at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal: Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal.
Chelsea: Ramires, Didier Drogba.