The Saints may not have won a home game all season, but they definitely started in a lively fashion and went toe-to-toe with Arsenal right from kickoff. It was a strange line-up from Emery and it looked like we were going to have our usual slow start, and so it proved with Danny Ings putting the home side in front after just 20 minutes with a bullet header that left Leno stranded.
The Gunners are set to face Southampton with a much changed defensive line up from last week’s win over Huddersfield
This is the team that I predicted earlier with the return of Koscielny, and Nacho Monreal his partner at centre-back….
Bellerin Koscielny Monreal Kolasinac
Iwobi Ozil Ramsey
Arsenal are set to try and extend their unbeaten run to 23 at Southampton this afternoon and with our opponents languishing in the relegation zone it seems like an easy task. But Southampton are hoping that their new coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl, can give the team a boost and help them to their first home win of the season. So far their record at St Marys this season has not been impressive, but the fact that they’ve drawn 4 of their 6 home games may give them hope of salvaging a point at least, but the fact is that they have only won one home match this year, and that was back in April. I don’t think they would be unhappy with one point right now.
Arsenal may have gone 22 games without losing, but with the current competition in the Premier League, that has still only left us in 5th position, even if it is only by a whisker.
It has been a long time since Mesut Ozil last played a League game for Arsenal, with many weird and wonderful rumours and suggestions for his absence, but other than Emery saying he had ‘backache’ and not knowing where the German midfielder was on a matchday, we have had very little real information from inside the Arsenal camp.
We have already discussed why Arsenal’s trip to Southampton could be a potential banana skin tomorrow, especially with our defensive problems and the Saints new manager, Ralph Hasenhutll, who performed wonders at Leipzig before coming to St Marys. Unai Emery is also aware that this could be a big test for the Gunners. “I think it’s a very big match like every match in the Premier League,” the boss said on Arsenal.com. “Southampton have some very good players and a new coach who has good experience and good performances in Germany.
Arsenal take the trip down to the South Coast to face Southampton tomorrow, and on paper it should be a very easy game to extend our unbeaten run as the Saints have not won a game since the 1st of September, while the last time we lost was back in August. This is the sort of game that I would bet my house on Arsenal that would double my money, although I am also partial to visiting Casinomir to check out some live casino sites!
(12.30) Man City 2-1 Everton
All eyes are on City to see how they respond to a defeat. As good as they are, it’s not easy when weekly you are told how great you are and then suddenly things go against you. How did we respond when our ‘Untouchable’ sequence came to an end? They also have the pressure of all expectation being on them, knowing Liverpool seem to be the media’s darlings. Considering all of the above, Everton are not an ideal choice to be heading to the Etihad.