More away day misery for arsenal?
I am writing this as I wake up to the news David Luiz has signed a new one-year extension at Arsenal. Along with the fact, Cedric Soares who I cannot even remember playing for the club signing a four-year extension. I can only laugh when I think of the time Josh Kroenke had the nerve to tell us Arsenal fans, “Be excited”. So, with that being said, I do apologise if I come across as rather negative in this match preview.
Just the thought of another away game sends shivers down my spine. Arsenal now notoriously known for their horrible performances away from home, travel to the Saints this Thursday evening with kick off at 18:00.
After completing that sentence I regretfully went onto YouTube and watched the 4-0 demolition of Arsenal when we visited St Mary’s top of the league in 2015.
Arsenal fans were crashed back down to earth that day, following a positive start to the season. I guess Southampton aren’t that bad, I mean they did give us the amazing Theo Walcott. With or without fans in attendance, Arsenal look like they cannot buy an away win at this current moment in time.
Most Arsenal fans will agree a positive ahead of the game is the fact David Luiz is serving the last of his two-game suspension following his embarrassing display against the blue side of Manchester, Manchester City. I am going to try and remain as respectful as I can towards him since he was very nice to me when I met him a few years ago.
The Arsenal squad are currently dropping like flies, it was reported on Tuesday that Gabriel Martinelli may miss the rest of the season. The Brazilian picked up a knee injury in training while gearing up for the trip to the Saints.
Martinelli has joined Callum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno, David Luiz, and Lucas Torreira on the list of players unavailable for the game. One of Arsenal’s only positives of the season is Saka, he should be inserted back into the starting 11 after being dropped against Brighton.
Guendouzi is available and will probably start in midfield as he will face no repercussions from the FA after his confrontation with a man that consistently haunts Arsenal, Neal Maupay. It has been revealed the Arsenal player bragged about how much money he earns compared to the Brighton players; we would prefer if you can one day brag about the titles you have won mate.
Do not get me wrong, I think Guendouzi has all the attributes to be a fantastic player in the future. However, his attitude very much mirrors the club right now immature and irresponsible.
Irish striker Shane Long who has scored two premier league goals this season, will be hopeful in returning after missing Southampton’s win over Norwich with a back injury. Moussa Djenepo will be missing the game due to his three-game suspension he picked up in March.
The Gunners go into the game on the back of two consecutive away defeats for the first time since April 2019. Whereas, Southampton just picked up their biggest win of the season on the weekend, beating Norwich 3-0.
During Arsenal’s defeat against Manchester City I was forced to pause the game, an image was shown on the screen of Arsenal’s away record against the top six. We have not won away against a top six club in 25 games, I repeat… 25 games.
This record dates all the way back to January 2015, where we beat Manchester City 2-0. I guess you will not be surprised to hear that our away record against Southampton is also piss poor. The Saint’s have beaten the Gunners three out of the last five games played at St Mary’s Stadium.
Danny Ings seems to thrive against Arsenal, scoring three goals in his last two games against the Gunners, he will be licking his lips at our defensive issues. Aubameyang is seeking to become the sixth fastest player to 50 Premier League goals, fail to score and he would go four games without a goal; first time that would have happened since 2014.
A Southampton win would make the Saints level on points with Arsenal who are currently 11th on 40 points. No, your eyes did not deceive you, Arsenal’s tally of forty points is their lowest in history after thirty Premier League games.
Despite the amusement of Arsenal’s antics to most of the football world, Arteta seemed focused and determined in his press conference ahead of the game. “It’s not about confidence, its about knowing its been your fault. I see the players willing to get back on Thursday and transform this into a win”.
Personally, I am sick and tired of the Europa League but to have any chance of qualifying for it and buying better than average players in the summer, we MUST win this game.
Ralph Hasenhüttl will be quietly confident going into this fixture, he kept a calm figure during his press conference speaking highly of Arsenal. “Even if they have a few injuries, other players can make an impact and if they have a little space, they are unstoppable with their speed”.
When it comes to my prediction for the game, I just can’t see a positive outcome. I am leaning towards a draw, I see Arsenal coming out the gates slow and having to withstand intense pressure from the first whistle.
Hopefully the next time I speak to you guys, Bellerin would of been able to plant his first 3,000 trees since Project Restart.
My preferred line-up is:
(4-3-3)Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney, Guendouzi, Xhaka , Ozil, Pepe, Saka, Aubameyang
Written by: Hassan El-gendy