Chelsea travel across London to the Emirates on Sunday, hoping to extend their lead over us to 13 points. However, they may have to do without all three of their key strikers, thus forcing Jose Mourinho into a surprise selection.
According to the Daily Express, the potential absences of Diego Costa, Loic Remy, and Didier Drogba – who are all suffering with injuries – may mean that the Blues boss is forced to turn to 17-year-old Dominic Solanke, who is yet to make his Premier League debut.
The youngster was an unused substitute in the victory over Manchester United last weekend, but Drogba – who played the entire game – suffered an ankle injury which may rule him out.
Although his hand may be forced, it would be a brave move from Mourinho to stick Solanke in in such a crucial game. If Chelsea win, they are practically taking the title back with them.
Annoyingly however, if Solanke does get a chance, it may give a major insight into how Chelsea will play. Mourinho has proved in the past his lack of faith in his young players, preferring to sign already developed stars, and that lack of belief that the Englishman can win them the game may see the negative tactics that make the Blues very difficult to break down.