Why is everyone so jittery about Arsenal's chances against Southampton tonight?

By Avenell Dave

Isn't it crazy that after boosting the club's income through a kit deal and cruising through the FA Cup, fans are still moaning about ticket prices.

I'm not flush. I have to make sacrifices in order to buy my season ticket but I know we have a superb stadium and while the delay in squad investment due to repayments was frustrating, I'd never countenance the fact that Liverpool and Bayern Munich were anything other than top games worthy of Category A.

What we need to do, rather than find reasons to complain, is to get behind the team and focus on another important game.

Southampton have been pretty average since we beat them earlier in the season and the fact that their record signing Osvaldo has been suspended should be a further boost.

But I have some bad memories of watching us on the South coast.

I remember us losing there when Alan Shearer made his debut and more recently when RvP lost his marbles and got himself sent off in a game we should have won.

Just because a team is in bad form, it doesn't mean they can't cause an upset and we absolutely can't take them lightly.

The good news is that we have won five on the spin and we have three players: Ramsey, Arteta and Vermaelen back in the frame. At the very least I can see Ramsey coming in to add some grit and energy to the midfield.

Arsene Wenger may decide to be conservative and add Mikel Arteta but I'd think a home game may be the best way to bring the Spaniard back rather than a tricky away fixture.

Sergen Gnabry has done brilliantly at home and away this season but, mask permitting, I can see Thomas Rosicky coming back for his inventiveness and ability to help dictate the tempo of a game.

But us Addicts are worriers, aren't we, and any game, particularly one played under floodlights or in blustery conditions as may well be the case in Southampton, provokes fears of a banana skin.

It's easy to forget how robust our defence has been this season, but we could do with scoring some goals to get our goal difference up.

The fact that we're playing a day ahead of Chelsea and City puts pressure on us to get a result but on present form, we have to be confident that we can go down there and win.

We seem to have gotten over the propensity to take sides lightly and the defence gives us a great platform to win matches.

Let's hope all the anxiety I keep hearing about is misplaced and we're celebrating again tomorrow morning.

Addict XI


Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal

Flamini Wilshere/Ramsey Rosicky 

Cazorla Giroud Ozil