Arsenal will play Southampton on the Boxing Day; a trickish and potential banana skin lie in wait for the Gunners who are in form at the moment.
The Saints have managed to surprise everyone with their performances this season; having won just 5 of the 17 League games thus far this season. However, they are not to be taken lightly, knowing how we succeeded in throwing a spanner in the works against sides like Norwich and West Brom in the month of November.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that no player will be back for the next game and that means that the likes of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere may return next year.
Arteta was due to make a comeback against Southampton but it seems he is not fully fit for competitive games.
Via the club’s official website, he was quoted as saying:
on Alexis and Arteta being closest to coming back…
In three weeks he could be back in full training.
Alexis Sanchez eagerness to return to football action saw him aggravate the hamstring problem. He is expected to be back by early January which implies he will be available for the Liverpool and Stoke City game that month.
“Sanchez, I think he will be back around January 10. For the Christmas period, don’t count him,” Wenger told reporters at the Emirates Stadium after his side’s 2-1 win over Manchester City.”
He was spotted in training prior to the Manchester City game but it came as a surprise that was not included in the team sheet on Monday night.
“He was planned to be on the bench tonight (Monday) and he’s so keen that he got a little pain,” Wenger said. “We didn’t take a gamble at all.”
Hopefully, what remains of the team will stay fit and injury free. It was sheer class and intent that saw us defeat Manchester City. We were outmuscled and it was worrying to see players like Joel Campbell and Oliver Giroud look jaded because of numerous game time.
They will play three games within a week which means they just have to make things a tad easier by scoring early goals in the first half and conserve their strength for the next game.