Arsenal bounced back from three goals down to earn a point against Bournemouth in their last Premier League game.
Failure to win against the Cherries have further dented their chances of winning the title this season. Moreover, Man United are just two points behind the North Londoners now.
Next up, the Gunners will face Preston away from home in the FA Cup third round tie on Saturday.
As far as the team news is concerned, at the moment, seven players are out injured (PhysioRoom) and manager Arsene Wenger is expected to rest more than a few first team players after a busy festive period.
As per the provided PhysioRoom link, there are some doubts, still, the likes of Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker are expected to be fit at the weekend on 7th January.
Mertesacker suffered a major knee injury before the start of the season and his return will strengthen Wenger’s back line. Record signing Ozil has missed the last two games due to illness and Arsene will probably exclude him from the squad against Preston even if he is fit.