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.
Why on Earth do the media keep feeding us this rubbish? We have this headline in the Express this morning: Alexis Sanchez ‘will push for move back’ to Gunners as if this is a statement of fact, and to back it up they use the exact same line four times during the article.
Last night’s match may not have mattered much to Arsenal fans, but there were many positives during the game. All eyes were on Saka but just as important (given our defensive crisis) was the return of our captain Laurent Koscielny. The Bos himself was happy with his return. “Yes, it was an important day for me,” he told Arsenal.com. “It was the end of my rehab, so I am very happy to play today with my team, for this club, and to enjoy it with them on the pitch.
It was a very young Arsenal team that Unai Emery picked to play against Qarabag last night, and the big surprise package was the debut of the 17 year-old Bukayo Saka who looked very calm and assured, never mind extremely skilful!