Arsenal v Southampton Preview, line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton Preview, Predicted line up and predicted score by KJ

This has been a rocky season and the usual pattern would mean that we’d drop points against Southampton. However, there is hope that we are finally going to push on now and win against the Saints would send a message that we are finally hitting some consistency.

The last time Southampton visited the Emirates, Mr Admin was lucky enough to get some free Arsenal Tickets but was disappointed to see a makeshift Gunners team get beaten 2-1 after Alexis gave us the lead with a sublime freekick. Hopefully we can score first again and hold on to our lead.

So we all know that Southampton have been very strong this season so far and that reflects in the fact that they are currently sitting in the top 4. However, they’ve got a tough run of games coming up and a win takes us only 3 points behind them. This is where we’ll see whether they are top 4 contenders or not.

It seems like Santi and Chamberlain have stepped up recently is should be a big relief for Alexis who’s been carrying this team for far too long. I don’t know whether this is a game where Wenger will opt to rest him considering our multitude of injuries.

Predicted line up:
Martinez
Chambers – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Bellerin/Gibbs/Monreal
Flamini – Ramsey
Oxlade-Chamberlain – Cazorla – Welbeck
Giroud

Martinez should keep his place with Szczesny still out.

It looks like Monreal and Gibbs are struggling to make this game and I think Wenger will opt to play Bellerin on the left rather than rejigging the rest of the defence to accommodate Bellerin on the right.

Cazorla to play in the middle instead of Alexis as I expect the Chilean to get a rest with him coming on if we need a goal.

Welbeck should start again out wide with the freedom to drift closer to Giroud so he can combine when we are attacking.

Giroud will start as the central striker and we need to see good passing but also good movement. He scored twice against Southampton last season but it was more down to their mistakes than brilliant play by Giroud and I don’t think he’ll be so lucky this time round.

I can see us winning this game as we’ve had extra rest and it seems like we might be finally on the dawn of getting our act together. 2 – 0.

Kash

Tags Cazorla Martinez Sanchez

24 Comments

  1. Brada b says:

    I don’t care bout the line up or prediction I just want a #WIN #WIN #WIN COYG!!! PUT THE SAINTS TO REST!!! #GUNNERS4EVER!!!

  2. KickAssFan says:

    Ahahahahaha! KJ rebranded. Now Kash, not KJ anymore… (Well, not like I never knew what the K stands for)

    1. KickAssFan says:

      KJ, I personally do find your ratings funny SOMETIMES, but that doesn’t mean you should quit.

  3. muda says:

    i predict win, Alexis and Santi

  4. ryanh27 says:

    No Alexis in your lineup? This being such an important game my lineup would be:
    …………….Martinez ………
    Chambo….mert…kosc…Gibbs
    ………..flamini….Ramsey ……
    …………….cazorla………
    …Sanchez……………welbz
    ……………..giroud…………
    I like this 4-3-3 formation we are playing, gives us good balance…

    1. Twig says:

      Are you benching Welbeck or resting him?

      1. Twig says:

        Oops. I see you’ve had “welbz” – whom I assume is same person as Danny Welbeck – stuck in there. Escaped me.

        1. ryanh27 says:

          Well welbeck or the ox, both are in decent form so I don’t mind either of them start in the wider role of the front three

  5. Twig says:

    Don’t expect any significant changes to the lineup. Other than the question mark on the LB position I see the same formation as from WB.

  6. Bolly says:

    His team mates call him Welbz

  7. Sumo says:

    Prediction-
    2-1
    Oliver Giroud and Santiago Cazorla. 24minutes.

    I have never won a JustArsenal t-shirt. 🙁

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      stick with Giroud and you will never win any t-shirt, hahaha

  8. JAmerican says:

    Wish we had William Carvalho in Famini’s place and Virgil Van Dijk in Per’s, just saying after actually watching a couple of games with those guys. Nevertheless we should snap them up immediately when it’s possible and also after watching PSG we should have brought in Aurier along with Debuchy as well for cover especially since Jenks was sent on loan anyways. Young players with massive room to be even better than what they are now…

    1. rpk says:

      But Wenger had other plans.. Out of three we could have bought one atleast.. Anyway, still time there in Jan. Lets see how it goes. I see only “Kallstrom” kind of signings. Dont expect more.

  9. rpk says:

    2-0 to us. Ramsey and Chambers to score at 17th and 56min respectively..
    Admin, please book T-shirt for me now itself..:)

    1. Twig says:

      What’s your address? We can send it straightaway.

  10. JAmerican says:

    There’s only 2 things that can get me out of work early.

    1. My Family
    2. My Arsenal

    1. Twig says:

      I’m sure the actual correct order is

      1. My Arsenal
      2. My Family

      Not so? 😉

  11. mobaygunner says:

    4-1 to the arsenal…girouh Sanchez (2) welz…time to put the saints in there place

  12. Mesut O-grillz says:

    why does welbz have to play on the left?

    1. jonestown1 says:

      He was shown as “on the left” last match but his heat map showed him 70% down the middle – never take much notice of Arsenal’s front 3 formation to be honest.

  13. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Scrappy 1-0 win for us.

  14. mr.brightside says:

    1-1 giroud min 89

  15. sevenitti says:

    Where the f*ck is Podolski? Welbeck in front of Prince Poldi? What a shame… Dat horse Welbeck…

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