Southampton vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likley Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on December 31, 2012

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Arsenal will look to start 2013 in positive fashion as they play Southampton at St Mary’s on New Years Day.

We should be going into the game full of confidence after Saturday’s thrilling 7-3 win over Newcastle with hat-trick hero Theo Walcott set to face his former side for only the second time since leaving 7 years ago.

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Theo came on, and scored, during the 6-1 win over the Saints at the Emirates earlier in the season but he should make his first start against the south coast club tomorrow and is bang in form with four goals in his last three games.

We currently sit fifth in the table with a game in hand on most of our rivals but could be six points off Tottenham if they beat Reading before we kick off tomorrow, so the pressure is on to extend our winning streak to five games.

Southampton are currently in the relegation zone but they were impressive against Stoke at the weekend, especially in the first half, so shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Team News

Manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping to have Per Mertesacker back in contention after he was forced to miss the Newcastle game through illness. Laurent Koscielny came in and did OK so the boss is likely to stick with him if Per isn’t 100% fit.

Andre Santos and Abou Diaby are due to resume training this week but won’t be considered for tomorrow’s game.

I can see Arsene making a couple of changes for the game. He’s stuck with the same front six throughout the festive period so I reckon he’ll bring in some fresh legs for this one. Bacary Sagna was poor on Saturday so Carl Jenkinson may get a game and I hope Tomas Rosicky gets a start as well, possibly giving Santi Cazorla a well-earned rest.

Olivier Giroud definitely deserves to play after his superb 20 minute cameo against the Geordies but that would mean moving the in-form Walcott back to the right-hand side.

Southampton are expected to be without captain Adam Lallana with the midfielder still recovering from a knee injury picked up against Reading three weeks ago.

Gaston Ramirez is pushing for a recall but Nigel Adkins may opt to stick with a similar team to the side that earned a 3-3 draw at Stoke.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

This game is almost certain to bring goals. We’ve scored 15 and conceded 5 in our last four games, and Southampton struggle to keep clean sheets, so I think we could be in for another high scoring game. Thankfully, I can see us scoring more than them! Southampton 1-3 Arsenal.

What would your starting eleven be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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17 Comments

  1. Keme

    December 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    We re beating Southampton by 5-1. Arsenal is too hot to handle now. Our problem is dat our defence finds it hard to go 90minits witout conceeding a goal.

    • adamu yusuf

      December 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      The analyst try, the squad he predicted are ok, bt i can feel rosicky and jekilson on the bench.
      Bacary and carzola on starting line up. Gunners win 2 – 4. They may be some flocks on defence to be caused by sagna and konscielny. Up gunners.

  2. Donsam

    December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    We want to have a new smile in a new year.win and become title contenders in the year 2013, goodluck to all gooners.

  3. Samedoo

    December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I think there will be a repeat of the first leg in diz game. I predict the same 6-1

  4. Alexgunner ethio

    December 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    God pls i dont want ramsay on z starting line.. Lets hope for mozart to start and dance with his rocking gitar.. Through balls to Teo..Another hat tricky by teo…

  5. pinylohtuengk

    December 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    i want wenger to stick to the front four he’s been using thru out this festive season of theo. the Ox. poldi. santi.
    and change sagna for carl to come in. I see us winning 1-6

  6. Ismail Reloaded

    December 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    young pole
    jenk, gibs, kos, marte
    jack, rosicky, arteta
    walcott, giroud, poldi.
    Bench. Cazorla, chambo and ramsey should b brought on verdict is 4-2 to the arsenal

  7. Mustapha umar

    December 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I hop we start d new year with ful of smyls.i think wenger should start using the 4-4-2,pairing the in-form theo and giroud up front.cazorla should get a rest for the superb rosicky 2 come in

  8. Mustapha umar

    December 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I hop we start d new year with ful of smyls.i think wenger should start using the 4-4-2,pairing the in-form theo and giroud up front.cazorla should get a rest for the superb rosicky 2 come in.predicted score is 5-0

  9. seini

    December 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    There is no stopping, go get them gunners,gun them down.this victory is to wish every gooner new year.4-1 for arsenal.

  10. Sam

    December 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    You’re an arrogant bunch aren’t you!? Bet most of you don’t even know where the Emirates is. I think Saints will upset the odds and win this one. We’re due a scalp. Arsenal like many of their fans will go in to this one thinking all they need to do is turn up. I do hope you get what you deserve. Nothing.

    • Danny Bas

      December 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      I know where the Emirates is and St Mary’s and the Dell. We are on a roll and we want The Arsenal to keep it going What’s wrong with that?

  11. Nosu@1

    December 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Gunerz shuld nt underate southampton . Ars 4 south.1

  12. Danny Bas

    December 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Momentum is key. Jerks and Rosiky in rest Carzola and play 4-4-2 Giroud up front with Theo put the Ox on the bench
    Score 1-4 to The Arsenal

  13. Mikolysis

    December 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    1-5 arsenal win

  14. Adedigba olusola shollex

    December 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I known mr wenger go give fans what they want and all the players should display their talents to produce laugter for the fans 5 1 for arsenal

  15. Goonerboyo

    December 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    No goal fest here . This will be a tight game. One thing that’s predictable about the Arsenal this season is that they are unpredictable. Don’t expect consistency. Should win, must win. May well end up 0-2 with late goals with key players coming off the bench. Expect changes to rest key players. Ramsey will start as he has shown an improvement with confidence returning. I hope Bould has been roasting the defence and kept them back for extra training!!

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