Wenger’s Plan To Overcome Bogey Side: Arsenal’s Predicted Line-Up v Southampton

By timgarrett IN Lineup,Premier League - 09:45 Dec 10th 2017
 

Arsenal produced their very own version of ‘Throwback Thursday’ in the Europa League this week, as some of the club’s forgotten men got on the score sheet in a 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov. Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud all came away from the match with plenty of credit, but as attention switches back to the Premier League, it seems likely that they will return to the sidelines.

This is, in no small part, because the Gunners have ahead of them what has become something of a bogey match – Southampton away. With just 1 win in their last 6 visits to St Mary’s, manager Arsene Wenger will be wary of the threat posed, and therefore looks likely to select a full-strength side where possible. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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ARSENAL LINE-UP
v SOUTHAMPTON - ST. MARY'S STADIUM, 10 Dec 2017, 12:00
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Cech
70%
000 / 0
Koscielny
52%
003 / 0
Mertesacke
30%
110 / 0
Monreal
70%
202 / 0
Bellerin
70%
102 / 0
Ramsey
54%
360 / 0
Xhaka
63%
033 / 0
Kolasinac
61%
241 / 0
Ozil
45%
252 / 0
Sanchez
52%
534 / 0
Lacazette
50%
811 / 0
Totals242318 / 0

Arsenal look set to persevere with a back 3, and will call on three of their most experienced charges to hold the fort. Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal have started together 68 times previously, and have a highly impressive 69% win rate in those matches.

Many question marks have been raised over the suitability of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka as midfield partners, but while they may not be as defensively as some, they certainly have plenty to offer in build their side’s attacks. Arsenal average well over 2 goals per game when the pair start together.

Wenger will once again select his star trio of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Alexandre Lacazette here. Prior to last week’s defeat at the hands of Manchester United, the trio has a 100% win record when starting together.

Overall, it’s an incredibly strong Arsenal side and one that should have more than enough to overcome a stuttering Southampton side. With huge odds 25/1 available on the away with to new Betfair customers, a bet here is the perfect way to start a winning Sunday.

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