Date: 23rd January 2013 at 7:10pm
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For the past month I`ve been talking about how the best way to bounce back from defeat is to get on with the next game as quickly as possible.

Well after a pretty horrific January, and the latest loss to Chelsea, we have only had to wait a couple of days for the next match courtesy of a rearranged fixture vs. West Ham. However the result tonight is no longer just about bouncing back, it`s about trying to save our season.

As it stands we`re closer to the bottom of the league (in terms of points rather than positions) than we are to the top, and we`re a hefty 7 points behind our great North London rivals. Tonight`s game however is our game in hand, and 3 points would bridge that gap a little.

Of course the gap isn`t even as close to being as wide as it was last year, but the possibility of The Spuds making a big an arse of it as they did then is remote to say the least ?. Even if history does paint a different picture.

So let`s check out the starting XI and bench for this all important game.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.

Arsenal subs: Mannone, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Santos, Frimpong, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin.