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Arsenal will travel to Southampton for their New Year's Day tie at St. Mary's Stadium and are looking to come away with full points after their 7-3 romping of Newcastle.
Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger are smiling brightly after their impressive goal scoring display against Newcastle on Saturday when Theo Walcott scored a hat trick to top off a dominant performance.
The show put on by the Gunners may have silenced skeptical fans for a time, but another three points is a must against lowly Southampton.
Arsenal are currently three points back of Spurs for the fourth spot in the table and would do well to have a positive result in order to keep pace with the top clubs in English football.
The club could welcome center-back Per Mertesacker, who has been recently unavailable due to an illness. Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky did not feature in Saturday's win over Newcastle and could add some fresh legs to the center of the Gunners attack.
Unfortunately, for Wenger defender Andre Santos and midfielder Abou Diaby are still unavailable, but could feature in the near future as they are both expected to resume training this week after recovering from their respective injuries.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins will once again be without captain Adam Lallana, who is still recovering from a knee injury.
The club has said little concerning the extent of the 24-year-old's knee injury other than Adkins stating that he will not play against Arsenal.
Defender Nathaniel Clyne's availability is still unclear as he is still recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss Saturday's 3-3 draw at Stoke.
Southampton will be good to forget the fact that they have only won two of their last 10 home matches against Arsenal in the Premier League.
Kickoff for the match is at 12:30 p.m. and can be watched online here.