Brighton & Hove Albion will again be without Tariq Lamptey as he struggles with an ongoing hamstring issue.
Adam Lallana was substituted at West Ham with a groin injury and is being assessed, along with Aaron Connolly.
Arsenal youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli could make their second starts of the season after impressing on Boxing Day.
Thomas Partey remains sidelined, while Gabriel is self-isolating due to coronavirus tracing.
Brighton are this season’s draw specialists with seven so far, and four of them have come in their past six games.
The Seagulls are playing some nice football, but they don’t score enough goals. That’s why they are in trouble at the bottom of the table.
Arsenal are only one place above them, in 15th, but I’m expecting their win over Chelsea to be the start of a good run for the Gunners. They should have some belief back now, for starters.
- Brighton are unbeaten in the past five league contests, winning three times and drawing twice.
- The Seagulls won 2-1 in both games last term to complete a first-ever league double over Arsenal.
- The Gunners have not won a league match at Brighton since a 1-0 triumph in April 1981.
Brighton & Hove Albion
- Brighton have won just once in 13 league fixtures, drawing seven and losing on five occasions.
- Seventeen points from 15 games represents Brighton’s worst start to a Premier League season.
- Their sole home win in 16 league matches in 2020 was June’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal. They have drawn eight times and suffered seven defeats.
- Albion are unbeaten in six matches against fellow sides currently in the bottom half of the table, winning once and drawing five of their games.
- Brighton have lost their final game of a calendar year just once in seven seasons.
- Arsenal’s Boxing Day victory against Chelsea ended their seven-match winless league run.
- The Gunners’ three league clean sheets have come in away fixtures.
- They have two points fewer than at this stage last season but are 14 adrift of their 2018-19 total.
- Mikel Arteta’s men have scored just three goals in their past six away league fixtures.
- Arsenal could lose their final game of a calendar year for a third straight season.
- They have scored only once in the last 15 minutes of their matches, a league-low.
- The 15th-place Gunners have won two of their three games against sides currently below them in the table.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he has no plans to walk away from his job and feels he has the support of the club.
The Gunners have failed to win any of their past seven Premier League games, losing five and drawing two, as they have dropped to 15th in the table.
“I don’t like to think about those steps [walking away] because then I will be thinking in a negative way and I cannot do that,” said Arteta.
“At the moment, I have to try to be as positive as I can.”
Arteta was speaking before Arsenal host Manchester City on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
“We’re going through a lot of difficulties, the last thing we want to be thinking of is more problems coming up in the next few months. I’m not in that state of mind,” he said.
“I know the responsibility that I have and why I am here. Everybody knows that from a few months ago, this wasn’t going to be resolved really quickly. I think that’s the consciousness of everybody at the club.”
However, his side have struggled this season and scored just three goals in their past seven league outings.
He insisted there was “unity” in the dressing room and the atmosphere is “as good as it can be when we are all hurting because results in the Premier League are hurting us”.
The Spaniard added: “From within the club everything I am feeling is just support, encouragement and total confidence that we will get through this together.
“A club of this stature deserves the best and when it is not happening, everyone is going to question what is happening.
“I am the most responsible one in terms of results, so I have to accept that.”
‘You need fighters and you don’t want any victims’
Arsenal go into the game with City on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Everton and without striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who has a calf injury.
Arteta says he does not read “all the comments” about his side and urged his players to do the same.
“If I started to read all the comments, whether they are positive or negative, it would drive me mad,” he said.
“My suggestion to every player is exactly the same. All the time it happens with social media as well because you cannot control who is writing or what their intentions are, so it is a very dangerous thing to do.”
Asked what he was like as a player when things weren’t going his way, the former midfielder said: “I liked to look around me, whether it’s the staff, coaches, players and I wanted to see fighters.
“Normally when that happens, you have two types of people: fighters and victims.
“You need fighters and you don’t want any victims. Victims bring excuses, victims bring negativity and they start to blame anything that is happening around them or is not going their way.
“You need people who fight, people who contribute and people who are ready to give everything to the club in this moment.”
The mother of a teenage boy who was stabbed to death by a love rival and his parents has called the sentences his killers received “a joke”.
Jay Sewell, 18, was attacked by a group led by Daniel Grogan, who thought he was dating his ex-girlfriend.
Mr Sewell’s mother Sharon Louch said she and her family were still “suffering” and felt they had been sidelined during the court process.
Grogan, 20, was found guilty of murder and jailed for a minimum of 21 years.
The Old Bailey heard he had deliberately engineered a stand-off with Mr Sewell and his ex-girlfriend Gemma Hodder in December 2018.
Mr Sewell and his friends were set upon in Lee, south-east London, by Grogan’s parents and friends who were armed with knives, hammers, a 4ft (1.2m) fireman’s axe and wooden sticks.
Ms Louch said her son had only known Ms Hodder for four days but in that time had received numerous threats.
“He decided enough was enough and he needed to go and sort it out. I wish he had come to me but instead he went to sort it out himself,” she said.
She described her son as a “very popular, very loyal” teenager who “meant everything to me”.
“I lie awake at night and that’s all I think about…just his last minutes because I never got to say goodbye,” Ms Louch said.
On Tuesday, Grogan and a group of his friends and family were given sentences ranging from life imprisonment to a nine-month rehabilitation order.
Ms Louch said it was “completely and utterly wrong” that some of those involved “could be out on the street” soon.
She said: “I had to walk out, I couldn’t listen to it – I did feel very angry about it because we haven’t been able to say a lot at all.
“It was all about them. The court process is very much in their favour. I just don’t think there’s any deterrent to stop people from doing this or reoffending.”
The prime minister has previously called for tougher sentences and an end to automatic release for all killers.
Those jailed over fatal stabbing
- Grogan’s father Robert, 58, who had armed himself with an axe, was jailed for 14-and-a-half years for manslaughter, six years for wounding with intent and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder
- Grogan’s mother Ann, 55, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently
- Friend and neighbour Charlie Dudley, 26, of Grove Park, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter, six-and-a-half years for wounding with intent and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently
- Cousin Liam Hickey, 19, of Eltham, was sentenced to three years in a Young Offenders Institution for wounding with intent and two years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently
- Sister Francesca Grogan, 30, of Sibthorpe Road, was jailed for 12 months for violent disorder
- Jamie Bennett, 32, of Sibthorpe Road, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for violent disorder
- A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was handed a nine-month rehabilitation order and a supervision order for violent disorder.
Saracens owner Nigel Wray has retired as club chairman with immediate effect.
Wray first invested in the club in 1995 and reclaimed full control in April 2018 by buying back a 50% stake sold to South African firm Remgro.
Saracens were deducted 35 points and fined £5.36m in November after an inquiry into business dealings between Wray and some Sarries players.
“As we enter a new year, a new decade, it is time for the club to make a fresh start,” he said in a statement.
“I am not getting any younger and feel this is the right moment for me to stand down as chairman and just enjoy being a fan of this incredible rugby club.”
He added that the Wray family “will continue to provide the required financial support to the club”.
Edward Griffiths is returning to the club as interim chief executive for the next 12 months.
Saracens established themselves as the dominant force in English club rugby over the past decade, winning the Premiership title on five occasions and being crowned European champions three times, most recently when they beat Leinster 20-10 in last season’s final.
But their reputation was severely tarnished by the financial scandal which emerged last year.
They were sanctioned by a disciplinary panel for breaching salary cap regulations in the past three seasons.
Saracens apologised for “administrative errors relating to the non-disclosure of some transactions” to Premiership Rugby Limited.
In a statement, Wray said the sanctions were “absolutely devastating” for everyone connected with the club.
He added: “It has been acknowledged by the panel that we never deliberately sought to mislead anyone or breach the cap and that’s why it feels like the rug is being completely pulled out from under our feet.”
The club initially indicated they would appeal, but later decided not to take the matter any further and Wray said they accepted the penalties “with humility”.
They have won five of their seven Premiership games so far this season, but are bottom of the table on -12 points and are 18 points from safety.
Chris Jones, BBC rugby union correspondent
Wray’s legacy has been tarnished by the salary cap scandal, and it is surely no coincidence he is standing down just months after the breaking of the storm which battered his and the club’s reputation.
However, Wray has had a seismic impact on English and European rugby over the past 25 years, both as the beating heart of Saracens and as a prominent and influential voice in the sport.
Wray has done as much as anyone to drag rugby union into the professional era. Without benefactors like him, the professional club game would not exist.
Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services.
Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal.
Last year, 8,855 people were seen rough sleeping in London, an 18% increase since last year, and more than double the number in 2010.
“Events like this help bring a sense of community back in to London,” Claire, a former rough sleeper, told the BBC.
Claire, who spent 30 years either living on the streets or in prison, said: “It’s the type of event that does matter. It forms partnerships and builds bonds.
“If it wasn’t for the support of St Mungo’s, I’d either be dead or doing what I was before.”
Guests were chosen from the thousands of Londoners that currently receive assistance from services funded by City Hall and delivered by charities St Mungo’s and Thames Reach.
But Claire said services were still “hit and miss”.
“Where I live I’m still waiting for support with my mental health,” she added.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “St Mungo’s and Thames Reach are struggling with finances.
“Since I became mayor we’ve more than doubled the amount of money we’ve spent on rough sleeping and the size of our outreach team.
“But we’re just scratching the surface. We’ve not got the money or the resources to do much more – as it is I’m criticised for going outside my remit and my power.
“It is both heartbreaking and shameful that in one of the richest cities in the world we still have the levels rough sleeping that we do.”
Last year 15,470 people were accepted as being homeless by London councils.
There were 55,000 families living in temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts and hostels.
Hundreds more people are estimated to be sleeping on London’s night buses.
Petra Salva, Director of Rough Sleeper Services at St Mungo’s, said: “It’s wonderful that the Mayor has opened the doors of City Hall for this festive event.
“Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions for clients in our services and our staff work hard to support those who stay with us over the holiday period.”
An east London coffee stall which has been run by the same family for a century is to be given a new lease of life once it shuts for the final time.
Syd’s coffee stall was opened by a World War One veteran who started it using his invalidity pension.
It has been run by three generations of the Tothill family since then but will close on Friday after current owner Jane decided it was “time to move on”.
The stand has been acquired to go on display at the Museum of London.
Sydney Edward Tothill spent £117 commissioning a local coachbuilder to construct the stall which has sat on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch since March 1919.
By today’s standards, the initial menu was a little limited.
“Camp coffee”, a brown liquid made of essence of coffee-beans, chicory and sugar, was served alongside tea, cocoa and Bovex – described as a poor man’s Bovril.
The snack of choice was a “Sav and a Slice” – a saveloy sausage served with a slice of bread and English mustard.
During World War Two, Syd and his wife May were given a special licence to remain open during blackouts so that they could cater for air raid wardens overnight.
The stall was considered so essential that when May was injured by shrapnel from a nearby explosion, the War Office brought Syd’s son back from a secret overseas RAF mission so it could remain open.
The son, also called Syd, successfully expanded it into a catering business called Hillary Caterers to commemorate Sir Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Everest in 1953.
Jane Tothill said reaching 100 years had been “an incredible milestone” but “it was time for the stall to move on to tell a new story at the Museum of London”.
Vyki Sparkes, curator of social and working history at the museum, said the stall was “an invaluable piece of our shared history as Londoners”.
It will go on display once the museum moves into its new building.