Arsenal hosts West Ham this weekend fresh from their FA Cup win over Manchester United and with one eye on their Champions league clash with Monaco.
The Gunners knocked the Red Devils out of the cup with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford with former United forward Danny Welbeck scoring the winner.
The win set up a semi-final tie with either Bradford or Reading and puts the club firmly on course for a return to Wembley, 12 months on from their win over Hull.
While confidence in the camp will be high, the win over United came at a price with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffering a hamstring injury.
The 21 year old is definitely out of the clash with the Hammers and is likely to miss a large chunk of the club’s run in.
The loss of Oxlade-Chamberlain is a blow to Arsene Wenger especially with Jack Wilshere still back in the first team picture following minor surgery to remove studs from pins in his ankle although Mathieu Flamini has resumed full training after a hamstring problem and could feature on Saturday.
Gabriel Paulista is out of this weekend’s clash with a hamstring injury however the defender is set to resume training over the weekend and could feature next time out against Newcastle.
Theo Walcott could feature against on Saturday having again been left on the bench at United while Olivier Giroud could also return after starting the game at Old Trafford on the bench.
West Ham meanwhile will be without Andy Carroll as they bid to stop Arsenal securing a 5th straight league win however Morgan Amalfitano is available again after suspension.
Sam Allerdyce’s men have slipped to 10th in recent weeks after a run of 6 games without a win however they will hope a warm-weather camp in Dubai will provide the spur to a strong end to the season.