Here are your teams:
Arsenal Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Walcott, Özil, Campbell; Giroud.
Subs: Ospina; Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs; Adelaide, Chamberlain; Iwobi.
Southampton Stekelenburg; Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, Clasie; Ward-Prowse, S.Davis, Mane; Long.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Tadic, Ramirez, Juanmi, Caulker, Romeu
Our group, unchanged for the 4th straight match, try to reach the top of the table at Southampton. The Saints have keeper Stekelenburg back but Pelle doesn’t make the squad.
It’s a great book-end to the calendar year as it was this one which began it–in horrific fashion. A terrible performance that day and a 2-nil loss punctuated by keeper errors is how 2015 began. Szczesny smoking in the shower afterwards didn’t help matters either…
Now it’s Petr Cech between the posts and a slightly different group due to injuries and the inevitable changes which take place over a years time.
Southampton has been in very poor recent form: 4 league losses and a draw in their last 5 plus a 6-1 drubbing at home to Liverpool in the Carling Cup. The Saints will be very keen to stop the rot, so we can take nothing for granted and must be at our professional best to confirm the fine victory 5 days ago vs Manchester City.
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