By Bulldog Drummond
And so we come to the Sky sports which announces, “Lucien Favre on Arsenal shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger,” while Arsenal Fever runs with “Mislintat orders another raid on Dortmund, Arsenal to move for £40m midfielder.” This relates to trying to get defensive midfielder Julian Weigl to transfer to Arsenal.
But there is some amazing news! The Daily Mail is actually running a positive Arsenal story focusing on the fact that Ramsey is already in contract talks with the club and is expected to extend his time with us. Which is rather good news. If true.
Oh and since I always try to find one new blog that no one else covers much, here’s a little something from The72. I’m slightly behind as it was published yesterday, but still…
“According to Duncan Wright writing in The Sun, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Ben Wilmot has been pulled from today’s matchday squad against Newport County.
“The Stevenage defender is still only 18, and was only promoted from the youth set-up in early April last year but he is a current England U-19 international – despite plying his trade in League Two.”
So big stuff eh? And well, if that is what you want, Sports Lens has “Arsenal could agree deal for ‘fed up’ Dembele who ‘has offers’ to leave Barcelona”
Anyway, back to today’s match. We have not lost to Southampton in the last 22 home league games – we have won 16 of them and drawn six. Southampton’s last win was 1-0 in the league before the dawn of time, although they’ve had a couple of wins in the league cup since then.
As noted in the earlier commentaries we have quite a good home record this season, and indeed all the games we have played against clubs further down the league at home, have been straight home wins. And there’s a bit of an occasion too since if we do win, it will be the 150th Arsenal win at the Ems, which also makes us the first team ever to win 150 games at two separate stadia in the Premier League.
And a little note about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He has played six Premier League games and as a result has five goals and one assist. That’s not too bad a return.
Now for the teams.
There is a certain level of confusion in the Guardian as they have Chambers listed both as being on beach and in the side. Have they been reading too much Untold? Here’s a possible line up
Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac,
Elneny, Aaron Ramsey,
Wilshere, Özil, Welbeck,
And an alternative version
Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal,
Iwobi, Özil, Welbeck,
Beached that would leave Macey, Holding, Kolasinac or Monreal, Elneny or Xhaka, Iwobi orWilshere, Nelson, Lacazette
The thinking is that Koscielny won’t play to leave him ok for the Russian game, and that Wilshere is a doubt because he really hasn’t been on his top form of late. Lacazette is most certainly needed for the game in Moscow so once more his return to the team is being handled with some caution.
We shall see. Let’s hope the motorway is clear.
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