If Arsene Wenger was unsure about whether to rotate among his available Arsenal forwards for the visit of Southampton tonight, I think that the last few minutes of the FA cup win over Burnley will have made his mind up. If Theo Walcott had managed to round the keeper and finish his glorious chance to score then I believe he would have started against his former club.
So we come back to a discussion about bogey teams and how they always give Arsenal a tough game no matter the respective League positions, well Southampton are rapidly becoming our latest bogey team.
The last time Arsenal played Southampton, just a few weeks ago, we were destroyed 4-0 in our worst result in the whole of last year. That came towards the end of the busy Xmas schedule and Arsene Wenger believes that his Gunners team were ‘not fresh’ mentally after a gruelling run of five wins in a row culminating in a victory over Manchester City.
We all know the Gunners are on a bad run of form in the Premier League, having gone three games without a win, but do not be fooled by this run as they have actually played very well against traditionally difficult opponents, and they will now be all set to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they face Burnley at the Emirates.
There have been enough articles about the effect that Petr Cech has had on the Arsenal team since his arrival from Chelsea, and he could be the main reason that the Gunners are favourites to beat his old team this afternoon. But people can’t stop talking about him, and the latest praise comes from our very own Thierry Henry, who believes that Cech can be the main reason that Arsenal can win the title.