Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is hoping to return from injury in the clash with Manchester United next Monday.
The Premier League top two are set to slug it out at Old Trafford on 13th December, in a clash being shown live on Sky Sports.
But United's home has not proved a happy hunting ground recently for Arsene Wenger's Gunners - who last won there in 2006, losing four and drawing one of their five clashes since.
Inspirational captain Fabregas, currently out with a hamstring injury sustained in the UEFA Champions League defeat against Braga two weeks ago, wants to be back to give the Gunners a helping hand in the crunch clash.
He said in The People: "I'm happy to say everything is going according to plan with my rehabilitation.
"We've tried some new treatments and hopefully they can make a difference.
"My hamstrings are feeling good, and my body feels good and rested.
"The Manchester United game is the target, so hopefully we can make it happen."
Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri, whose brace beat Fulham on Saturday to fire the Gunners top of the table, have been criticised by some for wearing snoods.
But boss Wenger believes there is nothing wrong with such attire - as long as it does not affect movement or vision.
He said: "I know there has been discussion of players using things like neck-warmers and leggings to keep warm, with Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri among the growing number of players wearing them.
"I have to explain, though, that both of them had stiff necks before the Aston Villa game - Samir could not train properly two days beforehand and it is a persistent problem for Marouane, so our medical staff were trying to protect them.
"I have no problem with it, as long as it does not restrict the players' movement or harm their vision."
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