We do not yet know if the Arsenal and France international forward Olivier Giroud will be fit enough to start the Premier League clash with Chelsea this weekend, if you even believe that it is this mystery toe problem keeping him out of the side in the first place.
If he is fit to play, though, I do not think Arsene Wenger will star4t the big centre forward because it would be letting Chelsea, Antonio Conte and, more importantly, David Luiz off the hook. There is a chance that the Chelsea captain could be back from his injury lay-off but everyone connected with Arsenal should be praying that this does not happen because the Brazil international has been nothing short of a liability since he was re-signed from PSG in the transfer window.
Luiz does have his qualities but being a disciplined defender is not one of them and if the Gunners go with the pace and movement up front of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and our new Spanish striker Lucas Perez I can see Luiz getting in such a mess that he will look even more of a clown than his cartoon lookalike ‘sideshow’ bob from The Simpsons.
Chelsea may have comeback from two goals down to beat Leicester in the cup on Tuesday but they would not have been in that position but for Luiz and his erratic positioning and lack of defensive awareness and the Foxes would have been out of sight but for some poor finishing.
To be fair though, even though I would much prefer it to be Luiz, the lack of pace that John Terry has could also make it a great day for the fast and mobile Arsenal attack, so will this be the year we start to put the recent Chelsea hoodoo behind us?