"We have different quality in our team to Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Arsenal have slipped up in the last couple of games so it's a great opportunity for us to go there and close the gap," added Lampard, who is disappointed that the game will be played without injured stars such as Didier Drogba while Cesc Fabregas is a likely big-name absentee for Arsenal.
"We miss big players, particularly Didier up front, but Arsenal are potentially missing Fabregas and I don't know about [Alexander] Hleb but those two have been two of Arsenal's best players this season," he said. "We'll both be missing players but these days it's about having strong squads. It's a test of squads."