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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.

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Date:Tuesday January 1 2013
Time: 5:12PM


Unchanged team. I think we're gunna kick a little arse today. Oh yes.
01/01/2013 17:17:00
Why don't I share that optimism? We will win, but it is going to be hard-won.
01/01/2013 17:28:00
We have started well, but when you don't get a goal to silence the crowd having started so well, you put things in the balance, as can be seen. We need to play the ball on the ground instead of expecting Theo to win the high balls we've been playing. Composure is what we need to do the easy things and basically, play the simple passes. Theo is isolated and can't win against the defenders of his old team. The Ox isn't having it easy with Shaw either. I thought it will be hard and we may have to rely on our fitness to win this.
01/01/2013 18:04:00
What shambolic defending. 1-0. Sagna can't clear a simple ball away from danger area. Second time his clearance has cost us dear.
01/01/2013 18:06:00
Need Santi involved much higher up the pitch. Got out of jail with that OG, got to make the most of it.
01/01/2013 18:11:00
Gotta bring Giroud on for Podolski at half-time, Podolski is not even on the pitch for us. Luckily we have a two-option team now. Move Chamberlain to the left, Walcott to the right.
Arsenales F.C
01/01/2013 18:19:00
Hilarious defending by Arsenal. Poldi. Sagna..Vermaelen. Kos.
01/01/2013 18:23:00
Why do this team stop competing for the ball in midfield after 5 minutes? Do they get bored?
Wyn Mills
01/01/2013 18:23:00
1-1. We just have to get our act together second half and get goals. While we should take any goal on offer, our goal against a Southampton side that started shakily should be more accomplished than an OG. We have not registered a shot on goal, despite early dominance and dropped balls by the keeper. Theo needs support and fast. Only trouble is take off Poldi and Gibbs will be swamped. Take off the Ox and we could lose out on width.
01/01/2013 18:25:00
Im convinced our defence orchestrated the Southampton goal. Theres no way in hell any defence could possibly be that calamitous.
Wyn Mills
01/01/2013 18:28:00
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