Welcome SunSport family, welcome.
I hope the community is feeling good, staying safe and wrapping up warm because it is freezing outside.
Can you believe that it is Christmas in exactly two weeks already?! This year has literally flown by in my opinion.
Leading up to the 25th we are hoping to provide the readers with some early gifts starting with our live blog coverage this afternoon which focus’ on the Saints taking a short motorway trip to London where they’ll be battling against Arsenal for three points at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners’ season has drastically improved to where it was three games into the 2021/22 campaign.
By the 28th of August, Mikel Arteta’s men had lost their third league game in a row, shipping nine goals in the process too resulting in Arsenal being rock bottom heading into the first international break.
Since then, positive results such as a North London derby win and getting the better of Leicester on their own ground have been contributing factors in significantly pushing them up the table.
However the heavy 4-0 pounding at the hands of Liverpool, a 3-2 loss against Manchester United and most recently letting a lead slip into a defeat at Goodison Park is a reminder that the gaffer still has a lot of work to do.
Ironically, another team who held four against Jurgen Klopp’s men this season is this afternoon’s opposition Southampton.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side got turned over at Anfield which was the beginning of their current four game winless run in the Premier League and with the Saints only being six points off the drop zone, things need to change quickly.
Both sides are coming into this fixture with an unsatisfactory recent result so let’s hope that it stirs the game up to be a little bit more exciting.
To stay in tune with the latest gossip, what’s happening on the injury front and of course the first elevens all before kick-off which is scheduled for 15:00pm UK time, make sure to keep refreshing this page.