In our last Thursday-Sunday turnaround for a while, we travel down to St. Mary’s as we face Southampton.
Looking to bounce back after the disappointment of Manchester United last week, Arsenal haven’t got the easiest trip to make but should be getting another three points.
Last week’s result saw us drop down to 5th place and out of the Champions League places, but a win at Southampton could see us leapfrog Liverpool back into contention.
In our last five games, we’ve won on three occasions against the Saints and despite our relatively poor record at St. Mary’s we’ve won in our last two visits 2-0 and 5-0.
With that in mind, and the fact that there have been 15 goals in our last give meetings, our ‘Premier League’ side should hopefully keep the trend going.
One regular from the ‘Premier League side who won’t be involved though is Shkodran Mustafi. After losing the ball before conceding against United 15 minutes into last week’s game he was forced off due to injury.
On the German, Arsene Wenger said:
“He’s certainly not available for Sunday. There’s a little chance of him coming back for West Ham, but he won’t be available for Sunday.”
Off the back off Mustafi’s injury that could have caused the move back to a four-man defence on Thursday.
With a packed December almost in full swing now reverting a back four could help with keeping the defence fresh for midweek-weekend games.
However, despite the freshness of our rotated squads, Southampton do pose a threat after finding form again in the last couple of weeks.
Following their 4-1 thrashing of Everton at home, Southampton held the steamrolling train that is Manchester City to a 96th minute winner before claiming a point away at Bournemouth.
One of their dangermen going into the game is Charlie Austin who has been pivotal in that run with three goals in those games.
But with us going down there with what should be near to a full strength team we should be returning to North London back on track with another three points.