It has been a while since the visit of Southampton created quite as much ‘buzz’ as this one. The Gunners may sit at the head of the Premiership right now, but the team with the meanest defence, and newest England caps, is the Hampshire club. The Saints have lost just once in eleven starts, conceding only five goals in the process, and sit three points and two places behind us.
The team news is encouraging. Theo Walcott is back in the squad after injury although lacking match practice. He may have to settle for a place on the bench against his former club. Tomas Rosicky is expected to have recovered from the bug that affected him of late, and the Big Flipping German should be ok to return after missing the last match at Old Trafford.
I honestly haven’t seen much of the visitors this season but they are making an impression on decent judges. I’m told they press all over the pitch and try to deny the ball-players like us time and space to build play. That sounds so very simple but few are able to master it consistently, including us. I still fancy our midfield is capable of opening up any opponents on their day and why should this not be another of those days?
So strong are we in midfield that man of the moment, Aaron Ramsey, could well be asked to do a job on the right with such a talent as Santi Cazorla on the opposite flank. They would be playmakers, first name on the team sheet, at most of our rivals.
The ‘holic pound is wagered on a hunch we may struggle to impose ourselves on lively opponents early on, but tiring legs may be chasing shadows in the last twenty minutes. I am tipping a 2-1 home win and have grabbed the best price on offer, 8/1. (Worryingly I cannot believe the visitors are on offer at fives after their start to the season).
Either side of the game it looks as though we will have possibly the biggest gathering of ‘holics yet at the ‘juicer of choice’ to celebrate TaBS birthday. Have a good one fella. I’m looking forward to meeting some new faces in the morning, and later!
To all others may I wish you a happy weekend, and three more point for the Arsenal.