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Arsene Wenger admits he is anxious by Arsenal's defensive anxiety

11 December, 2017, 02:53 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Shkodran Mustafi was forced off early in Arsenal's defeat by Manchester United on Sunday

"He has a very good goals-to-games ratio, but he now has to play".

"It was a bit in their head and they were a bit apprehensive to start well again and that's why it is sometimes not good to talk about the problem because you create a bigger one".

Wenger is likely to make wholesale changes for the game against Southampton, with Arsenal's attacking triumvirate of Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette all expected to return up front.

Wenger rebuffed reporter's questions after the club's 6 - 0 win over BATE Borisov.

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will be the central midfield pairing while Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will start in the wing-back slots.

As for the hosts, full-back Cedric Soares is out - the Spaniard is suffering with a hamstring injury. Arsenal moved up to fifth place, behind Liverpool on goal difference, but 14 adrift of leaders Manchester City who were playing Manchester United later in the day. Arsenal worked their way back, picking up the tempo as Southampton were forced on the defensive but without giving home goalkeeper Fraser Forster much to worry about.


Charlie Austin is the club's top goalscorer this season having scored four goals.

Arsenal haven't won successive away league games against Southampton since August 1997.

Only two Arsenal players have scored more goals in their first 15 Premier League appearances for the club than Alexandre Lacazette (8) - Alexis Sanchez (9) and Ian Wright (10).

Frenchman equals the record for goals by a substitute as he saves Arsenal's blushes at Southampton Second-half substitute Olivier Giroud rescued Arsenal with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's on Sunday after Southampton had looked like holding on for all three points.

He said to BT Sport: "Happy [with the result]?"

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