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 are meeting them while they are very confident and they know that they have a good record of getting points of Arsenal at St Marys, so we cannot expect an easy game.
Wenger admitted that he knows it’s going to be tough, and he expects Southampton to attack the Gunners. “There should be goals because they are an offensive team as well, with offensive potential,” Wenger said.
“They have Charlie Austin back now, and of course they have players like Tadic, Redmond, Boufal who are all very strong offensively. They have a good technical level as a team and both side can create chances so there could be goals there.
“The result against Everton and the quality of their performance against Bournemouth [shows Southampton are back on the rise].
“I thought in the second half they always looked dangerous against Bournemouth and capable of scoring – it is true that if you look at the number of goals they scored and the quality of their last two performances, it looks like they are coming back to a much more dangerous team.”
This may be a worry for Arsene, but we have also looked extremely dangerous in our last few games, so surely we shouldn’t have a problem against a mid-table team like Southampton?
Perhaps we should play Wilshere, Giroud and Welbeck???