Arsenal v Everton
Roberto Martinez says he is hopeful of having Leighton Baines back in time for Christmas.
The left-back is currently nursing a fractured toe he sustained during last month's Merseyside derby, an injury that it was feared could keep him sidelined until the New Year.
Martinez, however, believes Baines is making a quicker than expected recovery and could be available to play his part in a festive schedule that includes back-to-back home games against Sunderland and Southampton.
"We always felt it was going to be up to six weeks with Leighton," the Blues boss said on Friday. "I think he has progressed really, really well and he's not far away - I don't think it's going to be six weeks at all.
"But obviously it's still a little bit too early to know when he's going to be fully fit. We want Leighton back fully fit as soon as we can.
"Three to four weeks is probably the margin that we're giving ourselves to see Leighton back."
Martinez also confirmed that his squad had picked up no fresh injuries ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal, meaning Baines, Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson will again be his only missing players.
He said: "As you can imagine, there were a few knocks and bruises from Wednesday but nothing to stop the players being available on Sunday, so we'll have exactly the same situation we had going into the Manchester United game.
"With Arouna, we have started the first part of his recovery and I think he's going to be a long-term, as we expected. I don't think we're going to see Arouna this season. If we can get him back for the final two months of the competition, he will have done really, really well.
"Darron Gibson, in the same manner, we're hoping that we can see him before the season ends but clearly he's a long-term injury as well."
Arsenal go into Sunday's game having lost just once in the league since a shock opening day defeat at home against Aston Villa.
What's more, they've won six of their last seven games in all competitions - keeping a clean sheet in each of those victories.
Their only recent blip came at Old Trafford, where they lost 1-0 in early November.
Everton, meanwhile, travel to North London looking to pick up a third win in a week and extend their unbeaten run to eight games.
Our one Premier League defeat this season - away at third-place Manchester City - is less than any other top-flight side.
The stringent Blues are also on the hunt for their sixth clean sheet in seven games.
Arsenal 0-0 Everton, 16 April 2013
There was little to choose between the two sides when Arsenal and Everton last met at Emirates Stadium towards the back end of last season.
Ross Barkley almost stole the show with a late second-half effort that whizzed inches past the post but neither side managed to register as the spoils were shared.
And it was a similar story at Goodison Park back in November last year as Marouane Fellaini struck to cancel out Theo Walcott's first-minute opener and secure a deserved 1-1 draw.
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