The weekend doubtless brought about contrasting moods in the Arsenal and Chelsea camps, with the Gunners seeing off ten-man Hull City and the Stamford Bridge outfit undone by Liverpool at home.
The two London sides will be looking to Tuesday night’s League Cup fixtures as either a way of continuing or rediscovering upward momentum.
However, both clubs have strikers for whom the break from league action represents a priceless opportunity to further their own cause by finding the net.
Arsenal’s routine win at the weekend was achieved with Alexis Sanchez excelling as the spearhead of their side, which was without recognised forward Olivier Giroud.
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) September 12, 2016
The Chilean forward was also handed the role against Paris Saint-Germain last week and ended up producing the goods.
For new signing Lucas Perez however, the trip to Nottingham Forest represents a chance to force himself into the reckoning.
Arsene Wenger is likely to give the Spaniard game time as he looks to rotate his squad.
With Giroud and then eventually Danny Welbeck both to come back into the reckoning, the former Deportivo La Coruna man must find his feet quickly to remain in contention.
Chelsea were on the receiving end of an impressive Liverpool performance on Friday, but this didn’t stop Diego Costa continuing his fine scoring form.
Right on time ? What a great feeling to score and win some minutes after ?? Thx everyone for the love,I give back ? pic.twitter.com/8tkgs5RTRq
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) August 20, 2016
The controversial forward netted in the game to take his tally to five for the season. Costa’s resurgence has come just at the right time to see off any potential threat to his place from £32 million man Michy Batshuayi.
The 22-year-old scored twice in the previous League Cup fixture so looks set to start in this round’s showpiece against Leicester City.
It seems that Chelsea fans like what they have seen from Batshuayi so far, but he will need to keep his fine form going to have any chance of displacing a red-hot Costa from Antonio Conte’s first choice Premier League XI.