As Arsenal face Southampton at Saint Mary’s on Boxing Day, Arsene Wenger has an unchanged squad as he said when giving his team news on Thursday
” Nobody will be back for this game. It will approximately be the same players” he said, while it has been confirmed that Alexis Sanchez suffered a minor setback and won’t be back until January 10th next year.
On the bright side, the injury to Sanchez represents something of a winter break for Sanchez, who otherwise would not agree to be rested.
Wenger also confirmed that Arteta is close to returning and Rosicky being three weeks away from returning to full training.
Danny Welbeck (Feburary), Jack Wilshere (Feburary), Cazorla and Coquelin (March) are still some time away from coming back.
With the same line-up having started the last 3 consecutive games, there normally would have been rotation, but with limited options, and Chamberlain out of form, while Joel Campbell is showing his potential, there is less likelihood of a changed line-up.
Bellerin, Mertasacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Campbell, Ozil, Walcott
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