ST MARY’S (Sporting Alert) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named an unchanged team for this afternoon’s Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton.

This means that Theo Walcott remains the center forward with Olivier Giroud left on the bench once again.

Walcott started and scored a brilliant hat-trick against Newcastle over the weekend and Wenger has decided to keep that same team that won 7-3.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also starts against his former club, so too is Laurent Koscielny, who will partner captain Thomas Vermaelen at centre half.

German Per Mertesacker is back on the bench after missing Saturday’s game because illness, while winger Gervinho also starts as a sub.

Southampton vs Arsenal FC Teams

Arsenal FC: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen (c), Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott. Subs: Martinez, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Gervinho, Giroud.

Southampton: Boruc, Cork, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Guly, Ram�rez, Lambert. Subs: K.Davis, Hooiveld, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Mayuka, De Ridder.


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