EPL WEEK 16! Southampton VS Arsenal - SUNDAY (10/12/2017)

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Southampton VS Arsenal
Sunday (10/12/2017)
13:00 (WAT)
Arsene Wenger is hoping Arsenal can get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Southampton on Sunday.

The Gunners lost 3-1 at home in a damaging defeat against Manchester United last weekend, but followed that up with a morale-boosting 6-0 Europa League win against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.

Wenger's men currently sit fifth in the table, and will be hoping to beat Mauricio Pellegrino's inconsistent Saints on their own turf to boost hopes of a top-four finish.

Cedric Soares is out due to a hamstring injury suffered in the recent 2-1 loss at Manchester City.

Saints boss Mauricio Pelligrino has no other injury concerns and must decide which of his strikers will be given the nod to lead the line against Arsenal.

Provisional squad: Forster, McCarthy, Taylor, Hoedt, Stephens, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Gardos, Pied, McQueen, Romeu, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Boufal, Tadic, Redmond, Austin, Long, Gabbiadini.

Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi. The defender was forced off early on in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United and could be out of the St Mary's clash with a thigh problem.

Santi Cazorla (ankle) is the only other absentee with manager Arsene Wenger set to recall a host of first-team players rested for Thursday's 6-0 Europa League win over BATE Borisov.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Mertesacker, Holding, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal, Debuchy, Bellerin, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Coquelin, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Wilshere, Iwobi, Walcott, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud, Lacazette.

How they could line up

Southampton starting XI: Forster, Pied, Van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, David, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Austin

Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Holding, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

Nathan Redmond could have a spring in his step after what happened with Pep Guardiola last week.

One of the best managers in the business giving you his time and letting you know he values your ability, it can only be beneficial. I do not know a player on the planet who would not feel good after that.

It looked aggressive but it was done with good intent and should have a positive impact on him. Redmond himself has spoken positively about it and I think that was a really good thing.

I fancy Arsenal on Sunday, with the way they have been playing. Some of their attacking play against Manchester United last weekend was outstanding and they were unlucky.

I am not sure Southampton will be able to cause them the same problems United did.
ruthie at 01:29 PM, 11/12/2017 (3 months ago)
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who won the game?
BournIdentity at 02:23 AM, 26/12/2017 (2 months ago)
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