On the one hand it would be better for Arsenal if we take on a full strength Chelsea side in the Community Shield on Sunday, as long as the Gunners end up with the trophy back in north London of course. But the most important thing is for us to win the game and for Arsene Wenger to end his long wait for a win over a side managed by his tormentor in chief Jose Mourinho.
So the news reported by the Daily Star that Chelsea may have to face Arsenal at Wembley without two key members of their team must be seen as a potentially great boost to our hopes.
Their central defender Gary Cahill picked up a possible broken nose in their pre-season game against Barcelona last night, while their Spanish international striker Diego Costa was left with a possible hamstring problem. We do not know for sure whether either player will miss the game but we can only hope, especially on Costa as Chelsea are much weaker without him in the starting line up.
And it would not be an unfair advantage for us either, as we are already weakened on the attacking front, with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck unavailable to the boss. Looking more long term though, the fact that Costa keeps having problems with his hamstring could be good news for us in the race for the Premier League title, especially if our own injury situation does not go back to the bad old days.