Arsenal have not had a good start to December in the Premier League, with a defeat against Man United and a draw at Burnley, but with a game every three days at the moment they have a chance to get on track against West Ham at the London Stadium tomorrow evening.
So here we go again. Another must-win game for the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger will be taking very few chances at a venue which has traditionally been a banana skin for Arsenal in the past.
The silly season has well and truly started with Arsenal having to play every three days from now until Christmas. We easily brushed aside BATE on Thursday with our reserve side and it will be a refreshed first team that takes the field against Southampton at St Marys this afternoon.
The Southampton manager Mauriccio Pellegrino has seen some improvement in his team’s play recently and he is feeling that the Saints will make life difficult for Arsenal tomorrow. “Our preparations (for Arsenal) have been good, it’s been a good week because we felt last week we changed five or six players and most of them have had opportunities,” Pellegrino said on the Saints official website.
The Arsenal defender Shkrodan Mustafi was taken off in bizarre circumstances in the game against Manchester United, when he gave away the ball which led to United’s second goal, and then immediately went to ground and called to be replaced. After the game, when asked, Wenger said: “I have no idea what’s wrong with him”.
This weeks View From The Enemy comes direct from the Official Southampton FC Website, where they give you all the facts and figures and Tells us which Southampton player is Arsenal’s biggest danger tomorrow….
Match Preview: Saints vs Arsenal
Arsenal have to travel to Southampton on Sunday knowing that this is one of their bogey teams. The Gunners have only won their once in their last six visits and it looks like this week could be just as tough. The Saints have hardly been impressive this season but they destroyed Everton in their last home game, and ran Manchester City right down to the line before losing at the Etihad.
We were told by Arsene Wenger to expect an experienced line up tonight and we certainly have that, and it looks like we are going to be going to be going for goals.
This was my predicted line-up earlier….
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding
Chambers, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles
Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud