Team News: Southampton vs Arsenal
Arsene`s first task of 2013 is not signing a new striker, nor convincing Theo Walcott to put pen to paper on a new contract, but to wrestle 3 points away from Southampton at St Mary`s.
The Gunners are on a nice little run of four consecutive victories since the 2-0 loss to Swansea, bagging a mammoth 15 goals conceding only 5 in the process.
January is a bit of a tough month for us with games against Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool, meaning a victory this evening is of paramount importance if we`re to keep up with the boys at the top, especially considering as Manchester`s City and United logged wins this afternoon not to mention our closest rivals (both geographically and in the battle for top four) gained 3 points at home to Reading.
So as we set out on what will be one of the busiest months of the season both, let`s hope we get off to a good start and build some momentum.
Let`s check out the starting line up for the game.
Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.
Arsenal subs: Martinez, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Gervinho, Giroud.