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January 1, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 31743‎
 
35′ G. Ramírez
Guilherme Do Prado 41′ (OG)

Southampton - Arsenal Preview: In-form Gunners travel to relegation-threatened Saints

Arsene Wenger takes his side to the south coast for their first match of 2013, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning to their old stomping ground

By Chris Teale

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON

Davis
Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Shaw
Schneiderlin, Cork, Puncheon, Do Prado
Lambert, Rodriguez

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla
Podolski, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain


Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is nearing a comeback from the knock he sustained on Boxing Day, although he may only make the bench for this game.

Adam Lallana remains a doubt with a knee injury, although Nigel Adkins is hopeful of welcoming the midfielder back into the side soon.

Otherwise, Saints have no new injury or suspension worries, so have a strong squad from which to choose.

For the Gunners, Per Mertesacker is close to a return but may not recover in time for this game.

Theo Walcott looks set to keep his place as a central striker, with Arsene Wenger hopeful he can tie the England man to a new contract soon.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • In scoring three times at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke, Southampton became the first side to net more than once away to the Potters this season.
  • Only two players have appeared in every Premier League game for Saints this season: Rickie Lambert and defender Jose Fonte, the latter of which has started every game.
  • Having gained just one win in their first 10 matches this term, Southampton have lost just twice in their subsequent nine games.
  • These sides have already faced each other this season in the Premier League, with the Gunners triumphing 6-1 thanks in part to a brace from Gervinho and own goals from Nathaniel Clyne and Jos Hooiveld.
  • Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (pictured right) has scored 10 goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions.
  • The Gunners’ 7-3 victory over Newcastle was the joint second-most goals to be scored in a Premier League match, equal with their 8-2 loss to Manchester United last season.
  • Arsenal have won their last four Premier League matches by a goal aggregate of 15-5.


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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
7Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
26Jos HooiveldDefender
2Frazer RichardsonDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
33Steve de RidderStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
20Francis CoquelinMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
27GervinhoStriker
Players to Watch
Jason Puncheon
Jason Puncheon
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 13
Games Goals YC RC
30 7 2 0
Jason Puncheon could be a key part of the Saints' midfield if they are to have any chance of taking a victory. Puncheon has been a regular feature this season and, despite some reported problems with the club’s executive chairman Nicola Cortese, he continues to be a key link to their central strikers.
Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
14 5 1 0
Theo Walcott is growing more and more comfortable as a striker for the Gunners, and will be hopeful of continuing his good form against the club where he started his career. Walcott scored a hat-trick against Newcastle last time out in addition to grabbing two assists, and will hope he can keep the hot streak going.
Prediction
Southampton are mired in relegation difficulties, but are just one point away from safety after a good run of recent results. However, the Gunners are on a roll behind the revitalised Walcott and should take a comfortable victory as they look to put pressure on fourth-placed Tottenham.
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