“I hope I can step out onto the field”
Smalling said: “I was disappointed to miss the other night, but I’m hoping to be okay to play this game.
“I’ve not really done anything differently to the other lads but, probably from about halfway through last season, I got on a good run in the team and I’ve just tried to carry that on from there.
“Long may it continue.”
Smalling grew up supporting Arsenal and is eager to face his boyhood club.