…Join us as Arsenal get our season going vs Claude Puel’s Saints from the South Coast.
Can Arsenal keep the good feeling going after securing Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez late in the transfer window. Will the new boys move straight into the team?.
Southampton, after a shaky first 3 matches will also dig in and want a result and show that another summer of losing top players (Victor Wanyama, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane) is not the end of good things for them.
Blog owner Total Arsenal’s rationale for his predicted team can be found in a previous post. Here are his picks:
Jet lag, Champions League football in Paris on Tuesday, and all other factors which might justify starting from the bench, I still cannot see Alexis being left out today, so I’d swap out one new Gunner (Lucas) and put the other (Mustafi) in. Rob Holding, through no fault of his own, I think, will take up a bench seat, as will Lucas.
Or we could be completely wrong. Those are our best guesses. What are yours?
Arsene Wenger’s line-up should be available in a half hour or so and I’ll it up–Southampton’s too–as they become available. Please join us in the comments. Cheers!
OK. Official teams are in…and both of us were a bit off. Both new signings start but Francis Coquelin plays in MF (not Xhaka) and Alexis and Giroud both start on the bench while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the start.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas
Subs Ospina, Holding, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Alexis, Giroud
Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Clasie, Fonte, Davis, Rodriguez, Tadic, Romeu, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Redmond
Subs McCarthy, Yoshida, Long, Austnin, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Targett