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Shot by Jason Puncheon. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Rodriguez on Laurent Koscielny. Direct free kick taken by Theo Walcott. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis by Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
The ball is swung over by Kieran Gibbs, Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
Shot by Jason Puncheon. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is swung over by Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
Steve De Ridder gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Steve De Ridder is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jack Wilshere, Steve De Ridder manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Jason Puncheon from 20 yards. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Steve De Ridder produces a cross, Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Effort from inside the area by Yao Gervinho misses to the left of the target.
Steve De Ridder comes on in place of Guly Do Prado.
Theo Walcott produces a cross, clearance made by Steven Davis. Mikel Arteta produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Aaron Ramsey fouled by Guly Do Prado, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jack Cork, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Guly Do Prado from the left by-line, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Gaston Ramirez challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gaston Ramirez leaves the field to be replaced by James Ward-Prowse. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, Maya Yoshida makes a clearance.
Guly Do Prado crosses the ball. Jay Rodriguez replaces Rickie Lambert. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Yao Gervinho coming on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Aaron Ramsey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Santi Cazorla.
Gaston Ramirez concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Steven Davis crosses the ball, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from 20 yards. Artur Boruc makes a save.
Jason Puncheon crosses the ball.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, save made by Artur Boruc.
Gaston Ramirez fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gaston Ramirez from right channel, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Shot from just outside the box by Gaston Ramirez goes over the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Gaston Ramirez, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
Handball by Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Gaston Ramirez.
Effort on goal by Jason Puncheon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Santi Cazorla fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Morgan Schneiderlin. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Centre by Morgan Schneiderlin, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott.
Olivier Giroud on for Lukas Podolski.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Jose Fonte gets a block in.
Guly Do Prado takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Corner taken by Guly Do Prado.
The referee blows for offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado. Direct free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
The official flags Rickie Lambert offside. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Jason Puncheon.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Guly Do Prado. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Jason Puncheon. Free kick crossed by Theo Walcott. Guly Do Prado puts the ball into his own goal from 12 yards. Southampton 1-1 Arsenal.Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, save by Artur Boruc.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, clearance made by Maya Yoshida.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces a cross, Maya Yoshida manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Lukas Podolski, blocked by Jack Cork.
Gaston Ramirez finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Southampton 1-0 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Jason Puncheon.
Luke Shaw crosses the ball, blocked by Bacary Sagna.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Rickie Lambert. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.
Bacary Sagna is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Corner taken by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
A cross is delivered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Centre by Steven Davis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Rickie Lambert. Jose Fonte takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gaston Ramirez. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain challenges Luke Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maya Yoshida takes the direct free kick.
Guly Do Prado sends in a cross, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen. Theo Walcott is caught offside. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Kieran Gibbs, clearance by Luke Shaw.
Centre by Bacary Sagna.
The ball is crossed by Jack Cork, Mikel Arteta makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Guly Do Prado from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Lukas Podolski.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Wilshere, save by Artur Boruc.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, save by Artur Boruc.
Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal. Blocked by Morgan Schneiderlin. Corner from right by-line taken by Jack Wilshere.
Adkins' pride at Ox
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is proud of the way Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is developing but warned the winger that he and his Arsenal team-mates face a tough test at St Mary's.
The 19-year-old is a graduate of the south-coast club's fabled Academy system, following in the footsteps of players like Gareth Bale and his Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made his name under the tutorship of Adkins, helping Saints secure automatic promotion from npower League One in 2011.
Much has changed since the winger's #15million move to north London, with the teenager now an England international and Southampton once again back in the top flight.
Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his first return to St Mary's and Adkins is proud of the winger.
"I think he will get a fantastic reception," the Saints boss said. "He is one of the players that came through out system.
"We are excited watching him played. We'd love him to still be at Southampton, but he is an Arsenal player now and an England international.
"I went to watch him against Reading the other night and he was exhilarating, with his acceleration to go away, a desire to get on the football. He is a joy to watch.
"I think everybody at Southampton is proud of what he is doing now.
"Everybody at the football club has had a role and a responsibility to play in Alex's development, but it is down to him as well. He is an exciting young talent."
Saints may be in the bottom three heading into the match, but they are a different proposition now due to a new-found sturdiness and confidence,
"We have improved and grown in maturity all the way through," Adkins said.
"Obviously we had a baptism of fire coming into the Barclays Premier League when you look at the fixtures we had at the start of the campaign.
"We have only lost two of the last nine games, which is important and both of them were narrow 1-0 defeats.
"I think we have got a group of players that have become more accustomed to the level that we are at."
"We have grown in maturity and we are looking forward to the next run of fixtures we've got."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes 2013 will be the year that Arsenal confirm all the promise the Frenchman believes his team have.
The Gunners head to Southampton on New Year's Day on the back of a thrilling 7-3 win over Newcastle, which was a fourth straight Premier League success.
There is now genuine optimism for the second half of the campaign as the Gunners are back within striking distance of the top four and ready to tackle Bayern Munich for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
"My hopes (for the new year) are that the win (over Newcastle) will give even more confidence, desire and ambition to our team, and that 2013 will confirm we are a great team," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
Walcott bagged an impressive hat-trick against Newcastle and is relishing a chance to shine in his preferred central attacking role.
Despite the England international, 23, having yet to agree terms on a new contract with the Gunners, Wenger is glad to see Walcott enjoying his football.
"I have worked with Theo for seven years and the fact that he had an exceptional game against Newcastle will not influence me more or less - if he had played a disastrous game, I would still have wanted him to sign with the same intensity," Wenger said.
"It is good that he gets rewarded for his effort and for me that is more important."
Wenger is likely to rotate his squad at St Mary's, but could well opt to unleash Walcott down the middle once more.
"I like the fact Theo can play through the middle because it gives us more opportunities to do that and more possibilities to change from game to game. I will do it again," Wenger added.
Despite some positive displays, Southampton remain in the relegation zone after they drew 3-3 at Stoke in a match they had led 3-1.
Wenger is expecting a tough test of his side's new-found confidence.
"They are not comfortable (opponents), Southampton. I saw them against Fulham, and they played very well against Stoke," Wenger told reporters.
"Southampton are a team that has learned in the Premier League now. Usually you find in February or in January a different team to what you see in August or September."
Southampton will again be without captain Adam Lallana (knee) while right-back Nathaniel Clyne (knee) is also a doubt once more.
Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker could be available after illness. Midfielder Tomas Rosicky was left on the bench against Newcastle so may also come back into contention.
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