Carl Jenkinson thinks Arsenal needed their nine-day break following the defeat to Manchester City and will be rejuvenated for the visit of Chelsea.
The Gunners play three times in six days over the festive period starting with a home game against their London rivals.
Players often say they prefer to play straight after a defeat but Jenkinson believes this break has been beneficial.
Maybe we just needed that little break and a little time to recoup physically and mentallyCarl Jenkinson
"It's nice to have a little rest and have a little break because we've done so well up until this stage," Jenkinson told Arsenal Player. "Maybe we just needed that little break and a little time to recoup physically and mentally.
"Sometimes it's nice after a not so good result to go out there and play again as soon as possible but at the same time there's the advantages of having a little break."
Arsenal will be looking to regain top spot when they take on Jose Mourinho's side and Jenkinson is looking forward to another huge contest.
"Arsenal v Chelsea these days is always a massive game," he said. "There's always a lot of significance in it anyway.
"I think it's going to be a very important game and it's one we're looking forward to. The big games are always the most enjoyable ones to play in I think."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Dec 2013