- Arsenal could welcome back Gabriel Martineli and Aubameyang when they take on Chelsea on Boxing Day
- Thomas Partey, who is currently battling a thigh injury has all but been ruled out of the encounter
- The Gunners will be keen to use the tie to get their campaign back on track after a disappointing start to the season
Arsenal have delivered an encouraging injury update on the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martineli and Thomas Partey ahead of their crucial tie against rivals Chelsea.
The Gunners are scheduled to host the Blues at the Emirates on Saturday, December 26, in an encounter they will be keen to register a favourable result.
The north Londoners have endured a torrid start to the campaign, picking eight defeats in 14 matches to leave them occupying 15th place on the standings.
A never ending injury list of key players has also not helped much, with Mikel Arteta under immense pressure to turn around the club's fortunes.
Aubameyang, who is also the club captain has had it rosy this season, struggling in front of goal in the lead up to his calf injury that has seen him miss two fixtures.
Partey, on the other hand has had a slow start at the Emirates since his summer move, with a thigh injury during the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur having him sidelined.
Martineli, meanwhile, had to be withdrawn during his side's Carabao Cup defeat to Man City making him a major doubt for the Chelsea meeting.
Fortunately for Arteta, the Arsenal boss been handed a major fitness boost for two of the players including Martineli and Aubameyang.
In a statement released on Thursday, December 24, the Gunners confirmed Partey will play no role in the tie, but the duo of Aubameyang and Martineli will be closely monitored and have a chance of featuring.
Chelsea also have their own injury concerns ahead of the encounter, with Frank Lampard sweating over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Reece James.
The west London side will be keen to build on their win over West Ham United to earn maximum points against Arsenal.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Manchester City ran riot on Tuesday night, December 22, as the Citizens defeated Arsenal 4-1 right at the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup.
The Gunners have now been eliminated from the quarter-final stage of the competition more times than any other side in the competition’s history.
It was a bizzare start for Mikel Arteta's men after Gabriel Jesus headed home the first goal as early as the 2nd minute.
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