Arsenal must guard against complacency sin for Saints battle

By Avenell Dave

Southampton. A team who by all accounts we should walk past with ease. 
Another three points in the bag and talks of a crisis allayed for good. 
And that's just what Arsene Wenger will be guarding against and reminding his charges ahead of our first home game in a month on Saturday. 
It's going to be a long long time before I forget Hull at home a few years ago, when we lost after going ahead against a team who we should have easily dispatched.
That home defeat against permatanned Phil Brown set the stall for many future performances characterised by an expectation of victory rather than a realisation that every result needs to be earned. 
As we've seen already this season, Southampton are no pushovers and while their defence may be liable to leaking goals they are fully capable of causing us problems. 
If Sunderland and Stoke sought to defend in order to get a point, I suspect Soton won't take that approach nor are they capable of doing so. 
Thankfully, we will only be without abou Diaby for the game and while he was in fine form before the international break, we have to treat him carefully after years of injury breakdowns. 
If he has recovered from a stomach bug, it would be interesting to see how Theo Walcott gets on against the team that sold him to us. 
He still has much to prove and while a new contract remains unsigned, he becomes more certain to leave the club. 
Whatever happens, another former Saint, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will be desperate to play but after playing for England, I suspect Wenger will rest him, at least at the start. 
Much is and will be made of Olivier Giroud's failure to score for Arsenal so far, a crisis as far as the media are concerned. 
The fact that RvP has scored four goals for M*nure doesn't help even though some of our greatest recent strikers have taken their time to get off the mark. 
Ian Wright scored on his debut (he almost always did) but both Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry took their time, both getting off the mark against Southampton. 
Time will tell if Giroud will become as important a player for us as any of those I just mentioned, but his overall play so far hasn't been cause for concern. 
If he is as good a player as French experts say, we have a decent striker on our hands. 
Maraoune Chamakh was never prolific but got off to a fine start with the Gunners and look where he is now.  
Let's hope the defence continues to provide a cornerstone for the team as well. Not enough has been made of our three clean sheets and the impact Steve Bould has had on the team. 
For those of you too young to remember, Bould, like Lee Dixon and David Seaman rattled around the lower leagues before being signed by Arsenal. 
That hunger that comes from the best professionals who have plied their trade at a level below the top flight is something Bould will bring to each and every member of the squad. 
And hopefully that will prevent another Hull City debacle that sends us back into a media 'crisis'. 

Addict XI
Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelen Gibbs
Cazorla Arteta Ramsey
Walcott Giroud Podolski