Southampton V Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

The silly season has well and truly started with Arsenal having to play every three days from now until Christmas. We easily brushed aside BATE on Thursday with our reserve side and it will be a refreshed first team that takes the field against Southampton at St Marys this afternoon.

Their confidence may have taken a dent in last week’s defeat to Man United but at least we all know they played their hearts out to get back into the game after two defensive mistakes. If they can replicate that form we should have no problem disposing of the Saints. But first let’s look at Southampton’s last six home games….

With just two wins against Everton and West Brom they are hardly setting the world alight, but they are comfortably in mid-table and can play without the usual fear of being dragged into a relegation dogfight, and they are also very aware of their great home record against the Gunners. We should never be overconfident going to play at St Marys.

So now here is Arsenal’s recent away record…

That hardly makes scintillating reading either, but at least we beat one of our Top Six rivals Burnley in our last game away from the Emirates which gave us all a boost a couple of weeks ago, although even Arsene Wenger admitted that we are far from being in the title race: “At the moment we have different worries than the title.” Le Prof said. After such disappointment [losing to Manchester United], you have to think about winning the next game.

“We are too far from the title at the moment to speak about the title. It’s not realistic.

“Let’s try to win our next game and over a longer distance see if we can come back.”

The good news is we will have our A-Team back on the pitch except for Shkrodan Mustafi, who is not available for some reason, and I am assuming that Per Metresacker (who was rested on Thursday, has been earmarked for the centre of an experienced Arsenal back three. Other than that we have everybody else available.

So here is my predicted line up for today….

Koscielny  Mertesacker  Monreal
Bellerin  Xhaka  Ramsey  Kolasinac
Alexis  Ozil

If that front three plays half as well as last week we should get a hatful against the Saints, but knowing that they always give us a fight I am going to go for a 2-1 away win to the Gunners to put us back in the Top Four before Liverpool play their big derby against Everton….


  1. TW14-TH14 says:

    I think Europa League should be our priority this season for the following reasons:

    1. We win another trophy, meaning at least a trophy in each of the last five seasons except one.

    2. Our European haul of prizes isn’t great and one European trophy would improve that.

    3. Though I am very confident that we would finish in the top four, it would guarantee UCL participation next season.

    With City doing so well, I don’t think any other team has a chance of winning the league. In that respect, we may be better placed than United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs (the last two are already out of the Carabao Cup) to end the campaign with a silverware.

  2. Nayr says:

    i dont think mertesacker is a good idea against charlie austin.

    holding koscienly monreal

    koscienly as central defender vs charlie austin.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Austin’s aerial strength would be nullified by Mertesacker. Austin is not too mobile but he is very strong in the air.

  3. kristoman says:

    all here from arsenal fans these days is how we can win caraboa cup and fa cups and eufa reject cups. God have we fallen this low that fans now dream of cups wins?.

    1. gotanidea says:

      After more than ten years of major trophy drought, most Arsenal staffs and supporters have lowered their expectation. The same thing happened to Liverpool, Newcastle, Blackburn, Everton, Tottenham, etc.

      Arsenal have to either get a more powerful and richer owner or they have to take drastic systematic change like what Leicester City did, to turn the tide. Arsenal is one of the richest clubs in the world, so they just need to gamble by changing their management and system drastically now.

    2. Guneal says:

      If we are going to criticize at least lets be constructive and reasonable okay bruv?

  4. I Think If We Play Well Like Last Weekend I Think We Will Bring Something Out Of The Game.

  5. Simon says:

    Have a hunch Arsen will revert to 4 at the back


  6. Declan says:

    4 at the back for me with Jack and Rambo in front of them. Xhaka and Coq can sit on the bench.

  7. Jeremy says:

    Heard some noises saying that some of us are too critical of the team?!

    Saying when the team wins, we said the opponents are below par.

    How about Southampton? We are 1 down in less than 5 mins from the start. Reality check!!

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