Southampton v Arsenal

Sunday 10th November 2017

kick off 12:00

St Marys, Southampton


“Spicy Speaks”

Southampton v Arsenal

This week sees us travel to
Southampton licking our wounds somewhat. We had a bad loss to United last time out, a very undeserved one at that, but we showed fight and spirit which was great to see. We totally dominated this game, and should have won. Three definite penalties not given, an overdue red card for Pogba and lack of finishing meant we came away empty handed and wondering what we have to do to be treated fairly by refs.

This game against the Saints is Arsenal’s chance to get back to winning form in the league and leave the Utd loss behind.
A comprehensive bashing of Bate on Thursday night was the confidence boost the team and manager need to do just that. It was great to see Jack Wilshere have a phenomenal game, scoring for the first time in over 3 years. The media however prefer to damn him for bringing his children ice skating. I guess “Footballer shows he’s a good dad” doesn’t sell as many clicks as “Footballer risks injury by ice skating”. When will they stop?
Southampton are an attacking team, so we can expect goals.
They’ll have Charlie Austin back. Austin always shines against us so he’ll be one to watch. Tadic, Boufal and Redmond are back also and are all very strong going forward so goals can be expected.
Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with a thigh injury but Theo Walcott will be fit despite coming off with a tight calf during Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov on Thursday.
There will be a host of changes for Arsenal for this game. The triumvirate of Ozil, Lacazette and Alexis should be back. Xhaka and Ramsey are expected in midfield and Bellerin and Kolasinac will be in the wings.
We can expect Mertesacker, Holding or Chambers to fill the gap left by Mustafi.

Match Facts


  • Southampton have only lost one of their last six home Premier League games against Arsenal (W2 D3), though it was in the last such meeting back in May (0-2).
  • Arsenal haven’t won successive away league games against Southampton since August 1997.
  • However, Arsenal did win twice at St Mary’s last season, earning a 5-0 victory in an FA Cup fourth round match thanks to a Theo Walcott hat-trick, and a 2-0 win in the Premier League.
  • Southampton have never lost three home games in all competitions against a single opponent in a calendar year, while Arsenal last won three away matches against an opponent in a calendar year in 1987 against Spurs (four wins).
  • Only two Arsenal players have scored more goals in their first 15 Premier League appearances for the club than Alexandre Lacazette (8) – Alexis Sanchez (9) and Ian Wright (10).
  • No Premier League player has made more Premier League appearances without starting a game than Olivier Giroud this season (12, level with Diafra Sakho) – at a single club, only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd (17) has more Premier League substitute goals than Giroud does for Arsenal (16), including three this season.
  • Arsenal have already recovered as many points from losing positions this season as they managed in the entirety of last season (9) and won more matches from behind this season (3) than last season (2)


Final Thoughts

Southampton lie in 11th place and Arsenal in 5th, the defeat to Utd pushing us out of the top four. The team won’t be happy with this and will want to make amends as soon as possible. If Arsenal win it will be the third time in 2017 that they’ve beaten the Saints.

There’s no doubt we have enough talent and firepower to beat Southampton, but it’s a tricky tie. They’re very good at going forward, very organised and work well as a team. Austin always seems to have a stormer against us so he will need to be sat on.

There’s no reason why we can’t win this. We need to catch them on the break, and turn the tables on them. We need to come out and play from the start.

The fans have their part to play too. It’s going to be a cold one, so keep warm by singing your hearts out and showing the team that we are all still behind them. Again, I don’t care how we win, I just want to win. There’s no extra points for fancy play, so let’s get the ball in the back of net this time. Too many attempts and not enough finishes is killing us, and losing us games we should be winning, so come on gunners, get it together.

So Ian Wright left Twitter because of abuse he got for one of his tweets. His comments were out of order, and an insult to fans all over the world. If not for these fans the club wouldn’t be as big as it is and as fluid as it is. Many fans wish they could go to games, but the stadium only holds so many! I’ve always said debate is good but name calling is unnecessary and unwarranted. Having said that, Wenger is abused and miscalled every hour of every day and no one does anything about it. Wright’s apology was hollow, but best to draw a line under the whole situation and carry on. No one has a right to tell anyone how they should support their team, whether that’s getting up at all hours of the morning to watch the match or freezing your bits off in the stands. So let’s put it behind us, get behind the team, and hopefully get three points.