We heard from Arsene Wenger the sort of news that Arsenal fans have sadly become used to in recent years, with the return of the Welsh international star Aaron Ramsey after his hamstring injury having been put back yet again. He has now been out of action since that first EPL match against Liverpool and is not likely to be ready for next weekend either.

Some better news for the boss, however, was that our big French centre forward Olivier Giroud is close to a comeback having come through a training session earlier in the week without any problems. The striker was due to be tested again during training yesterday but as long as nothing untoward happened he should be fit to face Chelsea today.

Whether the manager selects him or not is another matter but I think he will. Having the Frenchman up front may offer less pace and mobility but he does bring a lot of other things to the side and an important one of them could be his size and aerial ability in defending set pieces which is a strong point of today’s opponents.

We also have Alexis Sanchez and either Theo Walcott or Alex Iwobi to give plenty of pace and movement to the attack, so I expect to see the big man back in the starting XI to face Chelsea today. Do you agree that this is the best way for Arsenal to get a result against our bogey team?

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