For players like Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, they would get a taste what it means to play football despite the festivity going on.
Arsenal will play on boxing day and Gabriel Paulista has signalled his intent to get the club back to winning ways over this Christmas Period.
Playing over the festive period and the New Year is a new experience for Gabriel, who arrived at the Emirates last January. While doing so seems unusual to the Brazilian, he’s ready for the challenge.
‘When I played in Spain, I got a few days off to enjoy with my family. But not here. There’s no pause, it’s all about working,’ Gabriel told Arsenal Player.
‘We players can’t think about partying, we only focus on our job. We are focused on what we have to do.’
He continued: ‘Brazilians are used to celebrating the festive season, it is strange. It feels a bit strange to be playing on Christmas Day or on New Year’s Day.
‘It’s indeed unusual for us. But I’ve already put this new reality in my head and I’m focused on my job.
‘Let’s leave the party for later.’