Happy new year folks!
Like I’m sure many of you do – I feel like hammered sh*t today. On account of this, my preview is going to be short and sweet.
Team news first: Per Mertesacker is considered likely to return to the squad having overcome a bout of illness – the same mystery ailment that sidelined Giroud recently. With no fresh injury concerns amongst the other players, I would assume Arsene will field a line-up similar to the one that dispatched Newcastle with such attacking verve.
However, there is the likelihood of change given the small amount of time to pass since we last took to the field. Having played a mere 3 days ago, our manager could ring in the changes, and rest those that showed signs of fatigue in the closing stages of Saturday’s win. Tomas Rosicky is in line for a competitive start.
My best guess at the line up would be:
Of course, that is assuming Arsene opts to continue with a winning team. If he does change anything, it could be Walcott and Cazorla being replaced by Rosicky and Giroud – although Theo’s hat-trick, and the fact we’re playing his old team, should ensure him a starting place.
Personally, I’d give serious thought to bringing Carl Jenkinson in at right-back, as Sagna had a woeful game against Newcastle, and his form isn’t anywhere near as excellent as we’ve come to expect.
As for predictions? Well… I’m not sure what to say. Arsenal are capable of anything at present. We might see a formulaic 0-1 victory, or an insanely unpredictable 6-5 loss. With the wind in our sails from recent wins, I’d hope today will bring another 3 points, and further ground being made up on the top 4 places.
If we plug our defensive gaps, and continue in the same vein in attacking areas, we will win the game today. Southampton will be a stern test on their own ground, but one we can comfortable overcome.
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That’s all for today, folks. The comments await your views on the team selection. Who would you pick? What do you predict the score will be? Let me know.