Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger got some good news on the injury front ahead of this crucial Premier League clash with third placed Southampton, as the injuriy doubts on Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proved to be false.

So the former Southampton star Chamberlain joined another former Saint Calum Chambers in the Gunners starting line up to face his old club, with the just fit again Olivier Giroud dropping to the bench and Danny Welbeck going back into his favoured centre forward position.

That gives Arsenal a front three full of pace with Alexis Sanchez in the other wide forward role. Wenger prefers Monreal to Gibbs, perhaps to give the England international the rest he wanted to give him in the last game.

Martinez
Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla
Alexis, Welbeck, Chamberlain

subs: Macey, Gibbs, Bellerin, Rosicky, Podolski, Sanogo, Giroud

Arsenal should be well up for this after recent performances and the Saints may struggle after a heavy defeat and the loss of their midfield general Morgan Schneiderlin. If we get a good start and approach this in the right way, it should be a good night for the Gunners.

76 Comments

  1. Mick The Gooner says:

    Monreal over Gibbs again. Not sure why.

    1. galaxygooner says:

      Ramsey has been sh*t. He is not offering himself as an outlet from the back. Also oxlade should slow down a bit and use his head. He should learn to cross the ball like Chambers because nothing comes out of his rush most of the time. He does not have to cut inside all the time. Flamini only knows how to pass back.

  2. Mick The Gooner says:

    Southampton going for the high press, that’s how Dortmund beat us in Germany.

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Quiet, plz.

  3. Mallu_Gooner says:

    I’m glad Giroud isn’t starting. He will be useful in defending set pieces in 2nd half when we are keeping our usual 1-0 lead.

    1. Jim A says:

      OG gives us a player to make runs off of. Instead of running onto balls he can comfortably play with back towards goal. Ramsey and Carzola thrive on his prescence on the top of the box. To be honest I don’t see anything that Flamini brings to the table that Chambers couldn’t do better and Bellerin coulde take the RB role for a few games till the injured return.

  4. Thando says:

    Im happy that giroud is not starting now that how you rotate

    1. KickAssFan says:

      I bliv in Welbeck and I know he is still very young, but he really needs to relax and not be overly in a hurry to shoot and score.

  5. Budd says:

    Soton looks comfy in the middle. Wonder how we will break the lock

  6. Twig says:

    Hmm. Looking like it will be a long day 😀

  7. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Are we playing bad or is it Southampton playing well ?

  8. davidnz says:

    Arsenal look good .

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Watching Drogba score for Chelsea, I just wish that was Henry for us at the moment.

      I swear, even at his age now, Henry is better and Giroud and Welbeck put together.

      1. juhislihis says:

        Damn, even without their main striker Chelsea is mauling Tottenham. To think about we barely escaped with a draw..

  9. Tyno says:

    Who really wants to win?

  10. Ronny331 says:

    the emirates is like a library tonight, very nervy.
    Lets hope Saints don’t actually start trying to the play in the 2nd half!
    Loving Wanyamma!!

  11. Mick The Gooner says:

    Yawn..

  12. Ronny331 says:

    Southampton look like they have one or two more players on the pitch than us!

  13. GOONSTER says:

    Sanchez has got to work on his ball retention. He sometimes hold on to the ball for far too long and causing us problems..

    Welbeck has the poorest first touch ever, the ball just seems to bounce off him the moment it gets to him..

    Ramsey has got to do more, he is becoming a liability in the team now..

    And our Kossy is looking a bit nervous and keeps playing players onside.

    Monreal and Flamini are just a bag of nerves..

    Lets come down and play some meaningful football..

    Come on you Gunners..

    1. juhislihis says:

      Don’t forget Chamberlain’s extremely poor delivery. I swear he can’t even put out a simple through pass.

    2. rd_gunner says:

      BTW IS WANYAMA THE SAME PLAYER WHO WANTED TO COME TO US AND WE SAID no AND DECIDED TO GET FLAMINI INSTEAD?

      ROFL

    3. Bigvalbowski says:

      Hey GOONSTER,

      I wholeheartedly agree with your assesment, kinda begs the question though how Genuinely AVERAGE is this tean?

      EXTREMELY

  14. joejoe says:

    1ST HALF ANALYSIS —–TYPICAL STRUGGLE AGAINST A DECENT TEAM!!!

    To be fair Arsenal has fought hard but this was Southampton beaten 3-0 at home against city. They are not invincible. A DRAW IN A HOME GAME IS A LOSS TO ME. I DONT CARE IF WE PLAY WORLD 11. VISITING TEAMS MUST GO EMPTY HANDED FROM THE EMIRATES TO SHOW WE MEAN BUSINESS.
    There is still a balance lacking in Arsenals play. FED UP OF ALL THESE NEARLYS. ONE WEEK WE PLAY WELL AS IF WE WILL CHALLENGE. NEXT WEEK WE ARE BACK TO FAMILIAR PROBLEMS. TOPSY TURVY ARSENAL. It was never like this before.

    If we will drop out of top 4 let it happen. Hopefully we will then see some changes and look forward to a new beginning

  15. Ronny331 says:

    @goonster. spot on.
    Whos on the bench?

  16. GOONSTER says:

    I like RAMSEY but this season with him in midfield we are playing with 10 players, where is he? We are already 14 games in and he still looks out of it..

    C

  17. mobaygunner says:

    We will win…..we just got those nerves out the way….second half watch us go on and win

  18. davidnz says:

    Arsenal will come home the stronger.
    I hope
    I mean I am certain Arsenal will win 🙂

  19. Twig says:

    Sanchez our poorest player in the first half. Hope he raises his game in the 2nd half…

    1. medvet says:

      sure, the best deliveries come from him, but sure, he was the poorest player…. hilarious

  20. abmalemu says:

    I need arsenal to lose, then wenger will be in big pressure

    1. Jim A says:

      Is that a typo?

  21. Mick The Gooner says:

    Come on Arsenal.. This is such a flat, boring performance so far.

  22. Tyno says:

    Is it a coincidence that the teams without a goal so far are the two North London clubs?

  23. Mesut O-grillz says:

    wtf are we doing.

  24. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ox seen not happy being sub.

  25. Bigvalbowski says:

    I cant imagine actually Paying the exorbitant ticket prices to see this feeble attempt to play attractive, convincing football. Wake me up when Le Prof and this merry band of misfits are gone.

  26. juhislihis says:

    Hahah, there are only few players who have the privilege to come on from the bench before 80th minute. Golden boy Giroud is one of them.

    Others, Wenger disregards completely.

  27. Ronny331 says:

    Ox off Giroud on?!
    We are now officially a mid table team at best!
    So poor 🙁

  28. Matt says:

    So so poor, simply not good enough.

  29. medvet says:

    at least martinez looks confident

  30. davidnz says:

    Girouudddddd
    Cazoooorrlllaaa
    Dannnyy Wellsssssss
    3-0 Gunners

  31. Bigvalbowski says:

    And yes Pelle’s hair is more stylish than Arteta

  32. Ronny331 says:

    City 4-1, Chelsea 3-0 now, and us…….yes well!!
    #wenger,(and quite a few of players)out.

  33. GOONSTER says:

    Get ROSICKY on for Ramsey please…

  34. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Seriously. Wtf are we doing.

  35. Matt says:

    Title hopes gone, scrapping for fourth… AGAIN.

  36. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Oh shit. Podolski just came on. They are passing mouth guards and helmets out

  37. Tyno says:

    Get behind the …what now?

  38. medvet says:

    well podolski looks hungry very hungry

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Yeah he’s not allowed in the canteen. Wenger doesn’t like him

  39. davidnz says:

    Podolski time Kapow! Whack! zung!

  40. juhislihis says:

    This is how Arsenal FC looks like without Sanchez. When he is having a bad game, we are nothing.

    Good job Arsene building this team around one player.

  41. Hafiz Rahman says:

    wenger out!

  42. Justsoccerfan says:

    Since like we got luck, they are down to 10 man.

  43. GOONSTER says:

    Get Rosicky on so that he can quicken up the play..

  44. Mallu_Gooner says:

    ALEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXIS

  45. GOONSTER says:

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.. THANK GOD..

  46. medvet says:

    and mr. arsenal do it again¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  47. Tyno says:

    A-HA! A-HA!! A-HA!!!

  48. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Oh no he didn’t

    Oh yes he did

  49. palmer17 says:

    Get in the only thing I’ll agree with Michael Owen on where would we be without Sanchez

  50. mobaygunner says:

    Told you haha…comenon arsenalllllllllllllllllll have fait…nothing is easy in the league we got a superstar he just doing what superman do save the world baby come on you gunnnnnnerssssssss

  51. Tyno says:

    Poldi yours now!

  52. Hafiz Rahman says:

    arsenal without sanchez
    utd without Rvp

  53. Matt says:

    Spoke too soon, f*cking get In there Alexis!

  54. Ronny331 says:

    Didn’t see that coming! Giroud for Ox game changing!
    Well done Sanchez 🙂

  55. Justsoccerfan says:

    Another ugly win, lady luck start to shine on Wenger.

  56. mobaygunner says:

    Didu guys know this saints team got the best defense record in the league?

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @mobaygunner
      Even without Schniedelin they defending damn good. Hats off to em. Olivier was the game changer though.

  57. Hafiz Rahman says:

    time to go wenger..

    wenger out!

  58. abmalemu says:

    Very frustrating!! Where is my arsenal?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      At the Emirates

      1. abmalemu says:

        Only wenger and his mediocre team are playing at the Emirates

  59. Ronny331 says:

    Phew 3 points keeps us in contention and Saints only now 3 points ahead.
    Cant help thinking we got lucky with Alderweild going off!!

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