Arsenal is set to play Southampton at the St Mary’s stadium on boxingday and would want to extend their terrific run into the newyear and continue their winning streak.
Arsenal has been in scintillating form having recorded just a single loss in their last 11 outings. The Gunners currently sit on the second position just two points short of table toppers Leicester City. Despite injury woes to key players and a slow start to the season, the end of this year might just see Arsenal in the driver’s seat as far as the title is concerned. The Gunners will enter the game on the backs of a thrilling performance against Manchester City which saw Ozil record his 15th assist of the season and on the track of breaking Henry’s record. However Southampton who sit on the 12th position in the league will prove to be testing for Wengers boys as they need a win desperately and this is their home game.
The Predicted team is
Petr Cech has carried on his brilliant form from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates stadium. Cech has been instrumental in Arsenal’s campaign this season with 56 saves in 17 games. The 33 year old goalkeeper has kept 7 clean sheets for Arsenal which has further consolidated their position in the league. There is no doubt that when the premier goalkeeper is fit and running that the boss would look for other options and thus Cech makes the starting 11.
The Arsenal defence remains unchanged from the match against Manchester City. Thus Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin and Koscielny will be handling the task of keeping Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane. Due to injuries to the players there has been constant rotations in the defence and now Koscienly’s come back into the foray just makes the defence all the more stronger.
Flamini and Ramsey will be the occupants of the defensive midfield. Though Flamini hasn’t had that good a season with no goals or assists to account for in his 8 games, however the lack of options and crucial players warming the bench, Flamini has become Wengers first choice. But to make things even Ramsey has come back at the most opportune time which in a way balances the shortcomings of Flamini in the midfield.
Campbell, Ozil and Walcott will be the forward attacking force. The trio have been in good nick and have been crucial for Arsenal’s exploits this season. Campbell and Walcott have had a fairly good season so far but their impact on the matches has been overshadowed by the antics of a certain German who seems to be unstoppable. With 2 goals and 15 assists in 16 games, Ozil has been Arsenal’s knight and if Arsenal were to win the league this season it will be highly dependent on the calibre and good run of the ex Madrid man.
Giroud has been Ozil’s partner in crime in leading Arsenal to one victory after another. The Frenchman has been the premier striker for the gunners scoring 19 goals in 23 games across all competitions. The former Montpellier man has struck gold whenever the team needed him to, scoring crucial goals in the matches against Olympiacos and Munich. He is the ‘go to’ man for Arsene Wenger and no doubt would be starting against the Saints.