Chelsea set to be without star player for Arsenal clash

  • Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Tuesday night
  • Chelsea star Cole Palmer is a doubt for the game due to illness
  • Palmer has enjoyed a sensational season for the Blues
Cole Palmer has been struggling with an illness
Cole Palmer has been struggling with an illness / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Arsenal could be facing a Chelsea side without talisman Cole Palmer on Tuesday night.

The Gunners can open up a four-point lead over champions Manchester City with a win over their London rivals, while Liverpool have the chance to match Mikel Arteta's side, as they did at the weekend, when they face Everton on Wednesday.

Victory at Molineux was imperative for Arsenal after a torrid eight days which saw them lose ground in the Premier League title race and exit Europe. It was a forgettable triumph, but one the club very much needed.

They'll now be aiming to win back-to-back games and pile the pressure on their title rivals before their respective midweek clashes. The absence of Palmer would certainly make life much easier on Tuesday night.

Chelsea could be without star player for Arsenal clash

Former Man City starlet Palmer has been a revelation during his debut season at Stamford Bridge. The output monster has recorded 29 goal contributions in just 28 Premier League games, and he scored from the penalty spot in the reverse fixture.

Palmer headed into Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against his former club having scored hat-tricks in two of his previous three outings, and he was once again influential at Wembley without reward.

The England international has been nothing short of majestic in recent weeks, and supporters would doubtlessly fear whether he could cripple Arsenal's title charge with another stellar showing at the Emirates.

However, Chelsea confirmed that their talisman missed training on Monday due to illness and is a doubt for Tuesday's game as a result. He's not yet been ruled out of the game, although Mauricio Pochettino didn't appear too optimistic in his pre-match presser

"‘We need to assess him [Palmer] tomorrow morning, but today I don’t believe he can be involved," the former Tottenham boss said on Monday afternoon.

Arsenal would be expected to topple their woefully inconsistent London rivals with or without Palmer on Tuesday night, but the absence of the Blues' leading scorer certainly boosts the Gunners' chances of securing back-to-back Premier League wins ahead of the North London Derby.