- Arsenal face Southampton hoping to get back to winning ways in Premier League
- Mertesacker comes in to replace Mustafi at the back
- No place for Wilshere in starting line-up despite impressive midweek display
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Arsenal take on Southampton at St. Mary’s on Sunday hoping to secure a win which would move them back into the top four perhaps temporarily.
The Gunners bounced back after their loss at Man Utd last weekend with a comprehensive win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night, and they’ll certainly be hoping to build off that this weekend.
Arsene Wenger is forced into a change at the back as after Skhodran Mustafi limped off early against United, he hasn’t recovered for this one and so Per Mertesacker comes into the heart of the three-man defence against the Saints.
The preferred attacking trident of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette start up front, although much to the frustration of supporters, as seen in the tweets below, there’s no place for Jack Wilshere in the starting line-up.
Wilshere got back on the scoresheet in midweek as he continues to impress in Europe, but Wenger continues to hold him back in domestic action as he’s forced to settle for a place on the bench again as he’ll have to carry on banging on the door for a permanent place in the Arsenal line-up.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 10, 2017
No Wilshere pic.twitter.com/lwINeTOApF
— sean (@seangooner) December 10, 2017
No Wilshere ffs
— Wes (@Ozileista) December 10, 2017
No Wilshere aaaah??
— Loïc (@LO_GRC) December 10, 2017
Put Wilshere instead of Xhaka
— Lachie Cornish (@LachieC17) December 10, 2017
Why not Wilshere ??
— Valon Demiri (@ValonDemiri1) December 10, 2017
No wilshere pic.twitter.com/veyEVkldVe
— Josh Millington (@joshmill96) December 10, 2017
Cant believe Xhaka still starting! Been poor all season! Whats jack got to do
— paul jones (@jonesyfire) December 10, 2017
no wilshere. and there's still no contract talks with him. please @Arsenal you can't lose him. he's the most passionate arsenal player we have. always play with his whole heart for arsenal.
— Indra (@indrastywn) December 10, 2017
— Farabi (@threshhoId) December 10, 2017