Tonight is a key game for the Gunners and anything less than the 3 points can make their top position in danger as Liverpool and Manchester City are pressing high. Competition this season is certainly strong with teams like Everton battling for the top 4 and Manchester United slowly but definitely is hitting form.

The key this season for the Gunners is that their star performers remain injury free. Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertasacker have carried Arsenal to such great form. But there is another player who has been in contention for the most consistent performer for Arsenal and he is Laurent Koscielny.

The Frenchman was forced off with an horrific knee gash during the first half of the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend, and was anticipated to miss several matches this month.

While Koscielny was expected to return for their Boxing Day trip to West Ham United as the very earliest, The Mirror believe that he could feature against the Blues tonight after successfully training with his teammates over the weekend.

Thomas Vermaelen is likely to partner Per Mertesacker in the heart of the defense should Koscielny not recover in time.