Barclays Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 18:19 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's remaining action in the Barclays Premier League.

Theo Walcott: Scored twice on his return from injury
Theo Walcott: Scored twice on his return from injury

Monday, December 23

Arsenal v Chelsea

Arsenal will be without midfielder Jack Wilshere, who starts a two-match ban. Defender Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt after suffering a gash to his knee in the loss at Manchester City but German forward Lukas Podolski is available after a hamstring injury. Forward Yaya Sanogo (back), midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all out.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is to return to the subs' bench at best. With Branislav Ivanovic available after a ban, the defender will return at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to left-back and Cole dropping out of the side. Captain John Terry will also return, but Michael Essien is banned and fellow midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is also out.

Last season: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2

Last five league matches: Arsenal W W W D L; Chelsea W W W L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 13; Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 8

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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