My Preferred Team To Play Southampton

By on November 21, 2013

Arsenal take on Southampton at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon and we will have the chance to extend our lead at the top of the league if Liverpool drop points in the early kick-off away at Everton.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed the good news that Theo Walcott is back in the squad after recovering from an abdominal strain but the boss hinted he may start on the bench as he’s lacking match sharpness.

This means Aaron Ramsey is likely to continue on the right side of midfield with Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in the middle of the park.

Jack Wilshere has also been passed fit despite reports in the newspapers claiming he picked up a knock against Germany, although I don’t think he should, or will, be risked from the start this weekend after playing in both England friendlies.

The rest of the team should remain as it has for much of the season, with Per Mertesacker returning to the starting line-up after missing the Man Utd clash with sickness. Tomas Rosicky is also expected back in the squad but will most likely be on the bench.

Here’s my team:

**Apologies for the schoolboy error. Mathieu Flamini is of course suspended after picking up five yellow cards, so Ramsey will play in the middle with either Walcott of Rosicky on the right**

What do you think of my team? What would your line-up be?


  1. Abraham

    November 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    You didn’t do a very good job though that’s a perfect selection but it’s too obvious that’s the team who are going to play, you have cemented what the boss had already had in mind. Good job still, they are perfect!

    • atunmi

      November 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Flamini is suspended due to 5 yellow cards, so wilshere comes ĩ̷̊ñ!

  2. Bigsix

    November 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I would rest Ramsey and Carzola for 1st Half and put in Theo & Wilshere.
    So it will be
    Sagna BFG Kos Gibbs
    Arteta Flamini
    Wlacott Wilshere Ozil

  3. beja

    November 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Flamini is suspended

    • Cillian

      November 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Disappointing to see your team includes are suspended midfield dynamo. Not great for a site that prides itself on Arsenal news.

      I guess we all make mistakes. A little more knowledge and research required.

      Keep up the otherwise good work.

  4. Tai Obasi, Lagos

    November 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Thought Flamini is serving a ban after garnering five yellow cards. In which case, Ramsey takes his place while Rosicky takes Ramsey’s place from the right. Wilshere, Gnabry and Walcott to come in at appropriate times.

  5. Chideraa Benjamin

    November 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Flamini is suspended and your including him does it mean your not following the team or what.

  6. mac14

    November 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about Flamini. I completely forgot about his ban during the two week interlull !!

  7. Gist

    November 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    i think i would have preferred walcot to start… Nice gist doe

  8. Gunnersd17

    November 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Flamini is suspended i thought??? so ramsey back to being an effective pivot in the middle with rosicky or gnabry on the right with theo on in the 2nd half

  9. kanu

    November 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

    d best line up should b sagna merts kos Gibbs. arteta Ramsey , carzola ozil wilshere, giroud.Walcott to start as sub

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