Defence is the key for Arsenal against Southampton

Arsenal are down at the South Coast of England today to try and secure their third win in seven days and ensure a place in the Top Four this evening. Arsene Wenger set out a defensive side for the tight gane at West Ham and is likely to adopt the same tactics this afternoon.

The Gunners defence has been fortified by the return of Laurent Koscielny, and against the Hammers Arsenal played with two defensive midfielders in Flamini and Coquelin and Wenger has been very pleased with the recent performances. “We had two derby games over Christmas which had big intensity for different reasons,” Wenger said. “In the first one we played with 10 men for 40 minutes and in the second game we were confronted with a very committed game and I felt that the focus and desire was absolutely outstanding.

“Overall we came out with two good results and deserved them, and we are more stable because we have better defensive stability and have more experience at the back.

“When you look at the Stoke game we were caught a bit by our lack of experience. Defensively the experience plays a big part in the stability.”

“What we want is to be more consistent in our defending in 2015 because I feel that, compared to last season, we have improved a lot in the big games,”

“We go into a period where every game matters now and our defensive consistency is very important.

“You would expect our goal tally to be even higher in 2015. We have not been let down by the goals we have scored. We want to improve our defensive focus and I think what was very interesting at West Ham is that all 11 players were focused on defending well together.

“If we want to improve, that’s where we need to be consistent.”

I can see Wenger aiming to not concede as the basis for this game, and hopefully Alexis will come up with one of his usual bits of magic to give us all three points.


Tags Coquelin Flamini Wenger


  1. Kotte says:

    Can we really beat soton?

    1. akuma gouki says:

      I m optimistic.
      Yes we can & must.

      1. arsenalman365 says:

        Chambers is starting at DM! No shit! Get your illegal streams out lads!

    2. sam-afc says:

      Can’t see why we can’t beat them today.
      We have our strongest defence Starting(fingers crossed).
      Also Morgan schneiderlin is suspended.

  2. Ks-Gunner says:

    ahahah, Arsenal has turned into second rate team who relys on defense to win against other second rate teams. No ofense to Southupton, but we are Arsenal, and other teams should worry about beating us and not the other way around.

    What do i expect today? Realistic result would be a draw. We can win this game if, only if, we score goals first ( not saying only 1, bec thats not enough for Arsenal). If they score one ( thats enough for them) all we can hope then is a draw. As something as comeback kings is something we arent.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      second rate fans too

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        Yes, the Akb trolls are a pain. Neverless happy new year to you and all gunner fans on this site.

  3. ButtFlaps says:

    I have the good feelings that we to win by many goals!!!

  4. akuma gouki says:

    3 Big points for ARSENAL…!

  5. ergs says:

    We really should beating Southampton but we are inconsistent so hard to call this game

  6. Twig says:

    Arsenal lineup

    ______Sanchez Cazorla Ox
    _______Coquelin Flamini
    Gibbs Koscielny Mertesacker Debuchy

  7. Demwan Jones says:

    Knowing the usual arsenal way, we might be 3-0 down by halftime

    1. akuma gouki says:

      And 3-4 at FT.
      Rosicky 1 goal 1 assist
      Koscielny 1
      Alexis 2 goals 2 assist

  8. akuma gouki says:

    Soton v ARSENAL 0-1
    Stoke v M.U 1-0
    Spurs v Big mouthrinho 0-0 & some injuries news

  9. Ks-Gunner says:

    _______Coquelin Flamini
    Gibbs Koscielny Mertesacker Debuchy

  10. _zimGunner_ says:

    Thanx god, boscielny is available

  11. akuma gouki says:

    Wish STOKE get the new year luck today.

    Pete …..
    Peter Crouch……!

    1. Twig says:


      1. akuma gouki says:

        Crouching tiger vs el tigre

  12. XUNDAY34 says:

    hello guys and happy new year to you all. I’ve being a reader on just arsenal for a while but just getting involved in the discussion. I pray we get all three points against sotton and if chelsea, city and united can drop points then mayb it’s nt too crazy hoping for the league crown #just_wishing

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